Year 7 Living History Day

150 year 7 pupils recently participated in The John of Gaunt School “Living History Day”.

The students learned the story of the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in October 1066. They role played the key events in the story of  Harold Godwinson, England’s last Saxon king and Duke William of Normandy which ended with the defeat of the Saxons and William becoming the new King of England.

They handled artefacts including swords, helmets, Halberks and battle axes and then started on some battle training.

As new recruits to the Saxon army the students learned how to create the famous Saxon shield wall and how to  handle their spear. As the Normans charged the shield wall the students held firm and repelled the enemy attack.

The event was organised in conjunction with Oxenwood Outdoor Education centre who provided the professional re-enacters and all the weaponry.

The event provided an enrichment opportunity for year 7 students who have been studying the events of 1066 and how these shaped our island’s history. An event like this really brings History alive as the students don’t just learn about events but experience them – it’s the next best thing to having a time machine!