The Battle of Hastings: 2020

To commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, Year 7 pupils re-enacted the battle as a cross-curricular activity between the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and History departments.

The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, beginning the Norman conquest of England.

Mr Stewart, Deputy Head – Pastoral and History Teacher, who ran the event, says:  “It was fantastic that the children could experience, discuss and debate the key moments of the battle field. This active learning gave us a great foundation upon which to build subject skills and develop our understanding and analysis of this event.”

Speaking to the children it was clear that a great depth of learning, questioning and understanding of events took place – alongside the fun of being outside and acting out a key event in British History. The Norman solders even spoke French during this battle!  Madame Lopes, Head of MFL, was pleased with the accents and speeches incorporated into the battle, ensuring that “Par le splendeur de Dieu – William took the day once more.”

Stroud School, a co-educational preparatory day school in Romsey, has individual tours by appointment in place of its usual open days. There is also a virtual tour for prospective parents on its site. For more information call 01794 513231, www.stroud-kes.org.uk.