How far did the Normans change England?

The unit forms the foundation of our study of the medieval world and introduces the historical concepts of change and continuity as well as using a variety of sources. It introduces key concepts, like feudalism, nation states, rule of law and the importance of religion. The pupils will be investigating a range of key events from the period intended to develop their understanding of both overview and depth. The pupils will use a variety of resources both including primary sources (pictures, tapestries, buildings, etc) as well as a range of secondary sources from books, textbooks and websites. By the end of the unit pupils should be able to identify key changes made by the Normans as well as being able to show some awareness of life in England prior to the conquest.


Most children will be able to identify and explain some changes made to life in England by the Normans

Some children will not have made so much progress and will be able to recall some information about the Norman Conquest

Some children will have progressed further and will be able to prioritise some examples of changes and justify their thinking. They may also be able to discuss to what extent there was actual change, demonstrate awareness of the concept of change and continuity

LANGUAGE FOR LEARNING: Invasion, thane, feudalism, knight, Housecarl, fyrd, coronation, Pope, villain, serf, motte and bailey, castle, Barons

Useful websites for this unit:

Who had the most Power in the Middle Ages?

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