Key Stage Two Workshops

The Saxons at the Castle

Tamworth was the ancient capital of Mercia, making it incredibly important to history and the Staffordshire Hoard was found only a few miles away from the borough.

This fascinating two-part session concentrates on archaeology, weapons and warfare in Saxon times. Visitors to these sessions get to handle artefacts and take part in group activities.

Session one focuses on basic archaeological practises and object handling. In small groups, children will have the chance to try out their skills as a trainee archaeologist by retrieving and cataloguing finds from sample finds boxes. While session two investigates Saxon weapons and armour, while looking at how Saxons were trained for battle.

Information
Total cost per child: £5 (including admission)
Sessions: One and a half hours per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Why have people invaded and settled in Britain in the past? An Anglo-Saxon case study
History: How do heritage sites inform us about our local area in prehistoric times?
Innovating with History: Learning about the work of historians and Archaeologists

 

Home front training camp: Life during the Second World War

Are you prepared? Come along and learn your essential wartime duties: children will have the opportunity to experience life during World War Two. This is a two-part workshop including a role-play and handling activity. Session one is an artefact handling session, covering themes of evacuation, make do and mend and rationing. Children will be able to investigate original artefacts including a baby’s gas mask, gas rattle and ARP uniform.

In session two the group will meet two characters from the 1940s and help out with the war effort. This session will focus on training the children in essential home front activities. Their tasks will include air raid awareness, stirrup pump drill and marching drill. The drama activity focuses on the lives of children during WW2. Children will all take home their own identity cards.

Information
Total cost per child: £5.50 (including admission)
Sessions: Lasts for one and a half hours per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: World War Two: What was it like for children living in the second world war?
Innovating with History: Ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
Innovating with History: Learning about the work of Historians and Archaeologists
Ways of introducing interpretation: Producing interpretations in role

 

Guided Tours

The tours are designed to encourage children to explore the Castle through activities including handling armour, costume and household objects.  The tour focuses on the use of the castle rooms and the life of the different inhabitants. The sessions can be tailored to meet the requirements of the group’s study needs.

Information
Total cost per child: £5 (including admission)
Sessions: Lasts for one and a half hours per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Homes in the past: Buildings
History: Homes in the past: Homes
Innovating with History: Ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
Innovating with history: Learning about the work of Historians and Archaeologists

 

Medieval Life at the Castle

We also offer a Medieval life workshop, similar in format and cost to the Tudor life, please contact the castle for more details.

Information
Total cost per child: £5 (including admission)
Sessions: Lasts for one hour to an hour and a half per group
Availability: All year round subject to availability
Curriculum links
History: Battle of Hastings and 1066
History: Homes in the past
History: Buildings
Innovating with History: Ways of introducing pupils to historical interpretation
Innovating with history: Learning about the work of Historians and Archaeologists