Key Stage One Workshops

Castle household and Squire

Session 1: The children help the servant lay the table in preparation for the Lady of the castle, discussing the difference between rich and poor, then and now.

Session 2: The children will learn about what it took to be a squire/knight in the medieval times. They will help with dressing a knight and look at medieval weapons. They will end the session participating in bill drill and marching with a bill hook (a foam one not a real one!).

This is our most popular workshop with schools returning year after year.

Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.50)  
Runtime: 45 mins per session. 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
What were homes like long ago
What were castle like a long time ago
Innovating with history – eight ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation

 

The Great Fire of London

Session 1: The children will meet the lady of the castle and hear what has happened in London, they will then pack a suitcase in small groups of what they would take with them. The suitcase is small and not all the items fit in so it is useful for the children to consider what would have been important enough to take and which items to leave behind. At the end of the session they will discuss what they packed and why.

Session 2: This is with the tutor of the castle discussing learning in the Stuart period including how to run a household, start a fire but also how to put one out. The topic of plague is also covered. They will then have the opportunity to make and take home with them a lucky charm to protect against fire and plague.

Information
Total cost per child: £5.00 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.00)  
Runtime: 45 mins per session. 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
What were homes like long ago
What were castle like a long time ago
Innovating with history – eight ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation

 

Old Toys & Games

Session 1: The children will have the opportunity to handle and play with replica toys from the Victorian era. They can then make their own Victorian toy (thermatrope) to take home with them.

Session 2: The children will be able to participate in games from the Victorian period such as pass the slipper and hunt the thimble. This is while being dressed in Victorian costumes – children and adults alike!

Information
Total cost per child: £5.00 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.00) 
Runtime: 45 mins per session. 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
How are toys different from those in the past?
Children in Victorian Britain
Moving pictures
Puppets
Moving toys

 

Meet the Victorians

Session 1: The children will meet the castle maid and help clean and tidy the Cook’s bedroom while dressed as a Victorian servant themselves.

Session 2: The children will meet the Governess and will learn about school life in the Victorian times. They can then make their own Victorian toy (thermatrope) to take home with them. 

Information
Total cost per child: £5.00 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.00) 
Runtime: 45 mins per session. 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: What were homes like long ago?
History: What were castles like a long time ago
Innovating with history – eight ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
History: Children in Victorian Britain