Essentially this site has been set up to provide a useful resource for History teachers and pupils.

There are however, a number of specific principles that the site attempts to cover or adhere to:

History National Curriculum
Use of ICT
Literacy
Special Needs Provision
OFSTED

Overview

This site covers the major events relevant to 1066,  and is suitable for use in schools on an internet -equipped classroom PC, or as a whole class activity (if you are fortunate enough to have one) in an internet-equipped networked classroom.  Any educational use of this site is permitted,  and all I ask is that you e-mail me if you use it.

The site presents the Norman Conquest from the beginning of 1066 with the death of Edward the Confessor, to the end of 1066 with the coronation of William the Conqueror.

There is an opportunity to take a multiple choice test after investigating the site.  This will serve not just to test any knowledge the pupil may have taken in, but also to reinforce the information.  Once the pupil has completed the test to his or her satisfaction, their answers are analysed.  A new window appears which  gives them an overall score and comment.  The questions and pupil answers are then listed, together with relevant information to reinforce the answer.

Additional tasks, including worksheets to guide pupils through the site and onto additional research are also available.

History National Curriculum

According to the National Curriculum for History, “Pupils should be given opportunities, where appropriate, to develop and apply their information technology (IT) capability in their study of history.”

If this site is used in an internet networked classroom,  an entire history class is able to study the Norman Conquest applying their information technology capability in their study of history.  

This site is relevant for Study Unit 1 in Key Stage 3, Medieval Realms: Britain 1066-1500.  It covers the Norman conquest, including the Battle of Hastings (1066) and its impact.

The History National Curriculum Key Elements require pupils to be taught:

  1. Chronology

  2. Range and depth of historical knowledge and understanding

  3. Interpretations of history

  4. Historical enquiry

  5. Organisation and communication

This website and the associated activities cover these key elements:

  1. [Chronology] The description of events through 1066 in chronological order,  with relevant dates and terms utilised and explained. 

  2. [Historical knowledge & understanding]  The information provided describes, analyses and explains the reasons for and the results of events in 1066.  The significance of major events, people and changes are also examined.

  3. [Interpretations] The different interpretations of events are described and discussed (such as the death of Harold Godwinson).

  4. [Historical enquiry] A range of sources are used to describe and illustrate the information,  allowing independent investigation.

  5. [Organisation and communication] The quiz provides an opportunity to recall historical information including dates and terms.  This use of the internet to research information about the Conquest adds to the range of techniques employed to study the period.

Use of ICT

ICT is a ‘buzzword’ for teachers.  The use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) is seen by many as the key to education in this new millennium.  ICT helps pupils to ask historical questions, investigate change, cause and consequence, assess and use a wide range of sources and organise information and communicate successfully.  ICT may be promoted through the use of word processing activities, data-handling exercises, desktop publishing, time-line packages, concept keyboards (where a special keyboard overlay is used), simulations, databases, multimedia authoring packages, and the Internet.

Using this site in school allows a history teacher to introduce or reinforce the Norman Conquest using ICT.  Simply using this website clearly constitutes use of ICT,  but so does looking at any site with a vaguely historical tone.  Hopefully this site constitutes the beneficial use of ICT,  not just using the internet "because we have to"!

It is easy to allow pupils to go home and use their computer encyclopedias to 'research' a topic.  Pupils are clearly keen to do this,  and teachers are able to reassure themselves that they are encouraging the use of ICT.  However,  the teacher who has not encountered a directly printed off text with a pupil's name hastily added must be rare.  Pupils will use ICT, but it will mostly mean simply printing off Encarta.  I have developed this site to attempt to utilise ICT and also get away from such plagiarism.

Literacy

It is the duty of all teacher to improve literacy, regardless of the subject.  This site actively assists in this task, not simply by using 'complex' vocabulary, but by explaining the vocabulary.  Potentially difficult words are highlighted and (for those using browsers supporting JavaScript - most fairly recent browsers) an explanatory window appears providing a simple explanation. 

Special Needs Provision

The learning potential of pupils of all abilities is increased simply by using a variety of teaching methods.  This site provides a history teacher with an additional source.  Pupils with special educational needs may find it easier, or simply more exciting to access information using a computer rather than a textbook.  This site has been designed for pupils of all abilities, with the use of the interactive glossary (for browsers with JavaScript support) and (hopefully) clear navigation.

OFSTED

Even though the National Curriculum demands IT is promoted in all subjects, there is a basic duty for the modern history teacher to develop the class use of IT.  OFSTED claim “… the potential of IT is often not fully exploited by history departments” [OFSTED.  History: A Review of Inspection Findings (HMSO, 1994)].  Far from adding a professional gloss to lessons, or dressing up a potentially uninteresting topic, the effective implementation of ICT will promote the development of historical knowledge and skills in pupils of all abilities.  The use of this site in school will allow ICT to be implemented effectively and to go someway in attempting to  satisfy OFSTED.

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Last updated Wednesday, 02 July 2003