Kids

The Norman Conquest

Welcome to our guide to the Norman Conquest where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you:

A DAY IN THE LIFE Episode 4: Normans

Join Henry for a day in his life as a kitchen servant in Rochester Castle in 1154.

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Image: A historical re-enactor playing the role of Henry II's Lord Steward

Meet Henry II's Lord Steward and make a model of Dover Castle's Great Tower

The Lord Steward was one of the most important people to work for the king. Join him in the Great Tower at Dover Castle as he prepares for his visit.  

See the Lord Steward at work and explore the Great Tower as he answers questions from young Members on why the Normans built Dover Castle, what working for the king involves, where the king keeps his wealth, and what the king has for breakfast.

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Image: young boy and girl reading the Kids Rule! Norman Conquest magazine

The Kids Rule! Guide to The Norman Conquest (Issue 2)

Read the Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about life in Norman England. Build your own motte and bailey castle, learn about the events of the Battle of Hastings and take our quiz to find out if you could have organised the Norman invasion!

This series is designed to help you discover more about the past through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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Things to make and do: get creative with our Norman themed activities

  • PLAY OUR BATTLE OF HASTINGS WHO’S WHO? GAME

    Download this game and find out more about the men and women who played a part in the Battle of Hastings in 1066. See if you can guess the mystery character your opponent has on their card and learn fun facts about people from history at the same time!

  • Make a Model of Dover Castle's Great Tower

    Make your own model of the Great Tower at Dover Castle! Ask an adult to download the template and print it out for you, then follow our easy step-by-step instructions to finish the house. Once you’ve finished it, display your model and impress your friends!

  • Colour your own Norman town

    Download this Norman colouring page to create your own version of our history timeline poster! Read through the introduction to the Norman Conquest and life in Norman England, then get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints.

  • NORMAN-INSPIRED BAKING

    When they weren't busy conquering England, building castles or conducting the Domesday Survey, the Normans loved a sweet treat just like us! Download our recipe for Norman spiced date loaf and get baking with the help of a grown-up.

  • INSTANT 1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS DRESS UP KIT

    Reinvent yourself as King Harold or William the Conqueror to have your own Battle of Hastings with the help of our cool downloadable dress-up kit. Choose a King Harold or William the Conqueror mask and beard, and use the sword to complete the look!

  • More things to make and do

    Browse our best ideas and get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions, and get making!

Could you make it as a Norman knight?

You’ve been a squire learning how to be a knight for several years.  Today is your final exam.  Will you get knighted?  Good luck!

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Talking to King Harold and William the Conquerer

INTERVIEW WITH King Harold and William the Conqueror

We sent young Member Will to 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield to interview King Harold and William the Conqueror as the leaders prepare for battle. 

Discover why Harold and William both thought they were the rightful heir to the English throne and how they planned to win the Battle of Hastings.

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Two children reading Kids Rule! magazine

The Kids Rule! Guide to The Norman Conquest (Issue 1)

Read the Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about life in Norman England, discover our Norman sites and take our quiz to find out if you could make it as a chivalrous Norman knight. 

This series is designed to help you discover more about the past through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

Read Kids Rule Online

NORMAN SETTLEMENT POSTER: MAKE YOUR MEGA TIMELINE

We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in a Norman settlement.

Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!

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