Key Stage Three Workshops

Medieval Life

This is an interactive two part handling session, providing children with an insight into medieval times. Through the use of original and replica objects and costumes we will investigate characteristic features of the lives of the different groups of people who lived and worked in the castle. Children will be given the opportunity to wear court costume, handle items such as an original clay cooking pot, tallow candles and rush light holders. This session includes a small group object identification activity.

Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission)
Sessions: Lasts for one hour per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Medieval Realms: How did medieval monarchs keep control? How did William of Normandy grasp control of England? How did William the conqueror secure control of England?
History: Medieval Realms: How hard was life for medieval people in town and country? Was life always hard for medieval peasants? How can we find out?
History Unit 3: How hard was life for medieval people in town and country? Was life always hard for medieval peasants? How can we find out?
History: Medieval Realms: How did the medieval church affect people’s lives? What impact did monks and nuns have on people’s everyday life?

 

Medieval Soldier

This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the life of a medieval soldier. The workshop includes: interactive weapons & armour talk during which children will learn about the deadly art of combat and will be invited to try on costumes and armour.

Bill Drill - An opportunity for everyone in the group to step back in time and train as a medieval soldier using small replica bills: this will include marching and practice with the bill.

Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission)
Sessions: Lasts for 45 minutes per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History at Key Stage 3: Use evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions Research, sift through evidence and argue a point a view
History Unit 2: How did medieval monarchs keep control? How did William of Normandy grasp control of England? How will William the Conqueror secure control of England?
History Unit 3: How hard was life for medieval people in town and country? Was life always hard for medieval peasants? How can we find out?

 

Medieval Crime and Punishment - guilty or not!

The session explores medieval crime and punishment and contrasts to crimes and punishments of modern times. It provides an insight into how hard life was for people during these times, the severity of medieval justice and the difficulties that monarchs had maintaining social order and control.

Working in groups and using historic documented cases during from the medieval period, students are encouraged to use their reasoning, enquiry and analytical skills to form decisions and build a case for either the defence or prosecution.

Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission)
Sessions: Lasts for 45 minutes per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History at Key Stage 3: Ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, develop perspective and judgement. Understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups and the challenges of their time.

Citizenship at Key Stage 3: Develop pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Pupils should use and apply their knowledge and understanding whilst developing skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints and present reasoned arguments.

  • The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals.
  • The liberties  enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom

Schools have the opportunity to combine two out of Medieval Life, Medieval Soldier and Medieval Crimes and Punishments for a cost of £7.00 for both sessions.


 

Guided Tours

Fun, interactive and informative tours focusing on the theme of your choice, particularly relevant for groups studying

  • Change over time
  • Attack and Defence
  • Role of museums.
Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission)
Sessions: Lasts for one hour per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Use evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions Research, sift through evidence and argue a point a view
History: How did medieval monarchs keep control? How did William of Normandy grasp control of England? How did William the conqueror secure control of England?
History at key stage 4 (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
Coursework: ‘History around us’ An investigation of a site, its context and presentation
The analysis of a site from visual and documentary sources

 

By the sword divided: Civil War Workshop

The first session explores life for a soldier at Tamworth Castle. Everyone taking part will undergo military training and learn how the different ranks defended themselves.

The second session will enable children to work independently, make decisions and create a final product based on their interpretations of historical information. The workshop focuses on flags and their significance and use as military tools. In pairs the students will design a new flag for a key personality who made an impact on Tamworth in the English Civil War. All groups will compile a profile of their personality with the help of a ‘profile enquiry sheet’.

Information
Total cost per child: £7.00 (including admission)
Sessions: One and a half hours per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Use evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions Research, sift through evidence and argue a point a view
History: Research, sift through evidence and argue a point a view Evaluate and use sources of information; recognising how history can be represented and interpreted in different way
History: The English Civil Wars: was England ‘turned upside down’ in the seventeenth century?
History: The English Civil War: Why do people interpret Cromwell in different ways?
The analysis of a site from visual and documentary sources