Castles in the history classroom

A collection of Castles lessons, worksheets and activities for secondary history students.

Tes Resources Team

Castles Lesson History Classroom KS3 KS4

Explore medieval history through castles using this collection of resources including lessons, schemes of work and on-site castle studies 

Castles are one of the most renowed historical features that this nation has to offer. The remnants of castles sprinkled across the British isles today were once beacons of strength and power supporting lords and kings alike to maintain control of the land they claimed as their own. It is no wonder that these long-standing, iconic landmarks have stood fast in the secondary history curriculum through the ages!

KS3

One of the staple teachings in every secondary history classroom is that of castles. Investigate how William kept control of England using castles following his invasion in 1066 and treat your students to the delights of castle evolution starting with Motte and Bailey castles using these featured resources.

Castle structure worksheet
charliers6

Castle structure worksheet

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A worksheet for year seven on the structure of concentric, stone keep and motte and bailey castles. Students have to label the different features
Defending a Castle
mrshopehistory

Defending a Castle

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A well presented lesson on the ways and effectiveness of defending castles in Medieval times. Students are engaged through detailed, well presented resources. Students are encouraged to design their own castle and its defences. Students are challenged to work in teams and are provided with a ki...
Castle Project
jordanbatters

Castle Project

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This is a differentiated project booklet. It has been designed for Year 7 all ability, but could be used for other years. It contains 4 enquiry questions- each has a level 3/4/5/6 task that can be chosen by the students. There is then a creative task for the students to complete. My students have ...
Normans - How Did Castles Change?
Andy Hassan

Normans - How Did Castles Change?

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This lesson focuses on the ways that castles evolved from the traditional Motte and Bailey castle type to the implementation of stone walls, stone keeps and more defensive features seen as the medieval period progressed. The lesson challenges students to discuss these changes, mind map them around a...

KS4

With castles now featuring in the new GCSE thematic and depth study specifications, why not consider lightening your workload with these pre-prepared GCSE materials.

Pevensey Castle Lesson Pack
susiebrooks91

Pevensey Castle Lesson Pack

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6 lessons to prepare students for the GCSE AQA environment study: Pevensey Castle. Lesson content is based on the resource pack from AQA. In addition to the 6 lessons included is: 1) a summary sheet of the resource pack -good for students or teachers learning about this topic quickly. 2) A model...
Medieval Castles
nationalarchives

Medieval Castles

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The documents in this lesson relate to Framlingham, Portchester, Stokesay , Berwick and Alnwick castles. Some of these feature in the specification for OCR History GCSE module: Castles Form and Function c1000-1750 as specified sites in conjunction with English Heritage. Framlingham Castle is the f...
Kenilworth Castle Revision Guide
PilgrimHistory

Kenilworth Castle Revision Guide

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* This six page Revision Guide is aimed at students to help study, organise, revise and be prepared for the AQA GCSE 9-1 Elizabethan England 1568-1603 Historic Environment question for 2021. * I have included 6 possible questions for GCSE exam practise and broken down the main details of Kenilworth ...