Key Stage Three Workshops

Medieval Life

The children will investigate the different people who lived in a castle such as the Lord and Lady and the Servants. They will try on different costumes worn by these different groups in order to be able to understand the differences between rich and poor. They will then be able to handle original and replica objects in small groups to try and identify what they were used for. This is a great session that the children can really get a feel for what the medieval times were like and how people lived. 

Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.50) 
Sessions: 45mins per session, 1 session.
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

The children will meet a knight and learn about the hierarchy in medieval time. They will investigate the different clothes, armour and weapons of trained Knights compared to peasants. They will take a look at weapons and then participate in bill drill and marching with a bill hook (a foam one not a real one!). 

Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.50)
Runtime: 45 minutes per session, 1 session.
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 Life & Soldier

This combines the medieval Life and Medieval soldier sessions at a discounted price. 

Information
Total cost per child: £7.00 (including admission) (September 2019 £8.00)
Runtime: 45 minutes per session, 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability

 


Crime and Punishment

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) (September 2019 £6.50)  
Runtime: 45 minutes per session, 1 sessions.
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

 

Crime and Punishment & Medieval Life

This combines the Crime and Punishment and Medieval life sessions at a discounted price. 

Information
Total cost per child: £7.00 (including admission) (September 2019 £8.00)  
Runtime: 45 minutes per session, 2 sessions.
Availability: All year round subject to availability

 


 

Tudor Life

The children will have an in-depth look at the Tudor period. They will look at the contrast between rich and poor clothes and discuss the different jobs undertaken in a Tudor Household. They will then be able to handle original and replica objects in small groups to try and identify what they were used for. This is a great session that the children can really get a feel for what the Tudor times were like and how people lived.

Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.50)  
Runtime: 45 minutes per session, 1 session.
Availability: All year round subject to availability

 

Civil War

Session 1: this interactive session explores life for a soldier at Tamworth Castle. They will look at the different armour, discussing its pros and cons. They will also have an opportunity to handle weapons such as a Matchlock – the first form of firearm widely accepted by the military.  Everyone taking part will undergo military training and learn how the different ranks defended themselves.

Session 2: the children 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: £5.50 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.50)  
Runtime: 45 minutes per session, 2 sessions.
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

 

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.

If you are studying particular topic and you think we can help just let us know and we will see what we can do!

Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission) (September 2019 £6.50) 
Runtime: Lasts for one hour and a half hours.
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