The Battle of Hastings
Battle was recently joined at ‘Hastings’ between our two Year 6 History classes. We re-enacted a ‘rapid march’ of ‘185 miles’ led by King Harold (Josh W-D) who, fresh (but tired) from defeating the Vikings at Stamford Bridge (York) took on his next challenger for the throne, Duke William of Normandy (James B). King Josh and his fellow housecarls and ‘fyrd’ soldiers held the top of the school bank in a ‘shield wall’ against the Duke’s attacking archers, foot soldiers and cavalry. They were successful until, alas, they were too tempted to run downhill to pursue the retreating Normans......whose cavalry then cut them down. With his shield wall weakened Harold was then struck down by an arrow in his eye (‘ouch’!) and the fight was lost. The crown passed to Duke William......and English history changed forever! Luckily there were no real casualties beyond some muddy wet clothes and armour. Well done to all of Year 6 and Mr Wright as the roving war photographer.