1066 ICT Project

For the upcoming term the Year 7s are looking at the Norman Conquest of 1066. (hence my Scribble Maps work mentioned in an earlier post) I want to base their ICT work around their history topic in order to show other departments in the school how ICT can be incorporated in other subjects. Whilst flicking through Horrible Histories – the Stormin Normans I was reminded of the fact that when Edward the Confessor died there were three claimants to the throne – Harold Godwinson, Harald Hadrada and William of Normandy. This made me think of Brown, Cameron and Clegg and the upcoming election. What if the three claimants to the throne had campaign posters, party political broadcasts and tweeter accounts? I teach three Y7 classes and so could have each class as the publicity office for the three would-be kings.

What do you think?

One thought on “1066 ICT Project

  1. A great idea! And, you’re right that it WAS an election of sorts, since, at that time, kingship was not hereditary – kings were chosen by a Witan – a group of nobles and the clergy – so the candidates would certainly have had to put their case!

    There are other parallels – the main reason William the Conqueror invaded was because Harold Godwinson had previously pledged allegiance to William, at a time when his father, Godwin, was out of favour with Edward. But Harold then went back on his word when Godwin made it up with Edward, shortly before he died. So we have a nice story of promises made before an election – and we’ll see if they are kept!

    THe class will have to look quite a bit into the past history also – the Danish kings in particular, and why the Witan was so indesposed to future rule from that direction. You might also try to dig up something about the Arthurian legend, which William was a strong believer in, and is hypothesised to be one of the main reasons why he wanted to expand his influience into Britain, rather than France. It is no coincidence that, even today, a part of Brittany is called Cornuille and Breton and the Cornish language are very similar.

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