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Learning objects Battle of Hastings - game

TLF ID M011218

This interactive game is about the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD. Students are presented with a battlefield with two armies facing one other. They must decide whether to take the part of William of Normandy or of the Saxon king Harold Godwinson and choose from a range of tactics. Text and sound effects accompany the game. A weblink takes students to text explaining the background to the Norman invasion and discussing the effects of William's victory on Britain.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This simple interactive game supports the Australian Curriculum: History content description in Year 8 relating to the Norman invasion. It provides details of the location of the landing of the Norman army and the route William was taking to London, as well as details about the size and condition of the two armies and their state of readiness to do battle.
  • The resource is useful in providing details about the claims to the throne of both William of Normandy and King Harold of Britain and describes the actions of both claimants prior to the battle, including using the Bayeux tapestry as primary source evidence.
  • The resource may also make a contribution to students attaining the history achievement standards in year 7 in relation to describing events from the perspective of different people who lived at the time, and has some relevance to the literacy capability and the critical and creative thinking capability.
Year level


Learning area
  • History

Other details

  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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  • Publisher
  • Name: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
  • Resource: BBC © 2012, except where indicated otherwise. You may download, copy and communicate this material for free, and use it in digital and hardcopy format for non-commercial educational use in Australian schools and TAFE institutions, provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material. 'Interactive' image: © Education Services Australia Limited 2012. You may copy, communicate and adapt this image for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the image.