This enquiry will engage your students, get them to read extended passages and allow them the evaluate some of the reasons why William the Conqueror decided to invade England in the summer of 1066.
Starting with extracts from the Bayeux Tapestry, can your class work out what the Normans were planning to do?
Next you introduce a Norman merchant who describes his tour of England. Here your students spot the country’s different strengths and weaknesses.
Your students end by writing a report to Duke William explaining whether or not England was ripe for invasion.
- Lesson presentation: PowerPoint
- Lesson write-up: PDF
- Resource 1 Merchant’s account PDF
- Worksheet 1: PDF