Castles in the history classroom

Tara Wright
12th September 2019
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 therefore 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 fantastic featured resources.

Introduction to Motte and Bailey Castles

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT ON THIS RESOURCE - ESPECIALLY IF YOU DOWNLOAD IT. This is a combination of resources for the higher and lower ability Y7 students. The P/Point is the same for both. Start them off by speculating about the merits of the 4 types of structure (concluding that castles are the best bet!), and then use the table to complete the benefits and drawbacks about the 4 different locations for the castles. That'll sort out the first 20-25 minutes or so of your lesson - the rest I'll leave to you!
By Cassius82

Castle structure worksheet

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

By charliers6

Defending a Castle

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 king-sized budget to buy the latest medieval castle defences. Students must therefore consider effectiveness against budget. When considering castle defences students are challenged to use prior knowledge on the most effective and damaging methods of attack.

This is a lesson that excites students and really engages them in their learning. Take it a step further and challenge groups to ‘duel off’ against each others castles.

As always - please review!

By mrshopehistory

Attacking a castle

A well presented lesson on the ways and effectiveness of attacking castles in Medieval times. Students are engaged through detailed resources. I would recommend printing out on A3/in colour and laminating resources for re-use.

MAP/HAP worksheet included and colour coded to suit. This could easily be adapted further for LAP students to access.

By mrshopehistory

The development of castles

Students carry out Dragon's Den style pitches. The information to help with the pitches is on the final few slides on the PPT. Credit for the idea for this resource needs to go to one of my department Miss N Brown.
By timjohnson100

Castles

SOW, all lessons and resources
By V_Ivanov

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

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 answer to a potential AQA exam question.

Lessons are planned for mixed ability and have a ‘key information’ slide at the end to clarify what students should know by the end of the lesson (also help non-specialist staff).

By susiebrooks91

Kenilworth Castle

An engaging set of resources based on the typicality of Kenilworth castle
By Lucrich

New AQA GCSE Norman England SOW part 1

L1 - Intro and timeline
L2 - Background to Anglo-Saxon England
L3 - Succession crisis 1066
L4 - Claimants to the throne
L5 - Stamford Bridge
L6 - Battle of Hastings
L7 - How did William take control p1
L8 - How did William take control p2
L10 - Feudalism and governnment

All lessons include powerpoints and extra resources (key words, card sorts, sources) where applicable.

Main textbook - Norman England (Red cover) by Helena Clarke. Additional material from pink British Depth Studies by Tim Williams and Aaron Wilkes.

I will put up p2 of the sow when it's finished.
By brosser24

GCSE 9-1 Norman England: Submission of the Earls and Williams Coronation

GCSE Anglo Saxon and Norman England
New 2016 Specification
Grades 9-1
Could be used for Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, OCR etc.

Full lesson on the submission of the Anglo Saxon Earls to William and his coronation in 1066.
Includes start of an enquiry into 'How will secured control of England' which will feature across topic 2.
Looks at Williams actions after Hastings, the submission of Edwin and Morcar and the cause/impact of this leading upto his coronation.
Includes 4 mark 'features' question to consolidate learning.

All lesson activities and resources included.

Part of Anglo Saxon and Norman England 2 and sequence of Williams control of England

Please see my other lessons & resources
Feedback welcome
By MrThorntonTeach

Bundles

Save time with some of these ready-made castle featured collections suitable for both KS3 and KS4 curriculums.

Year 7 Castles complete scheme of work

This resource includes 12 lessons with full PowerPoints, worksheets, an assessment and an independent homework project instructions. This scheme of work has been in the making for five years as I teach castles to year 7 every academic year. This scheme of works allows students to think about change and continuity from castle beginnings as 'forts' to stone square keep castles, all the way to nuclear war bunkers and the implications of modern warfare. I also link these lessons to their end of year trip visiting Skipton castle. All lessons and worksheets are clearly labelled to the corresponding lesson which they belong.
Lesson 1 - What is a fort?
Lesson 2 - Where to build a castle?
Lesson 3 - Motte and bailey castles
Lesson 4 - Stone square keep castles
Lesson 5 - Jobs in medieval castles
Lesson 6 - Concentric castles
Lesson 7 - Attacking a castle
Lesson 8 - Castles today
Lesson 9 - Air Raid shelters
Lesson 10 - Nuclear War shelters
Lesson 11 - Assessment
Lesson 12 - Peer assessment of castle projects
By mykingdomforalessonplan

Castles

Lesson 1-Motte and Bailey Castle
Lesson 2-How to attack a Stone Keep castle
Lesson 3-Defending a Stone Keep castle
Lesson 4- Who lives in a Stone Keep Castle.

All lessons come with a PowerPoint and resources and have level criteria and writing frames where appropriate. There are a variety of activities and these can be adapted for children of all abilities.
By LBonnesen

Pevensey Castle Lesson Pack

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 answer to a potential AQA exam question.

Lessons are planned for mixed ability and have a ‘key information’ slide at the end to clarify what students should know by the end of the lesson (also help non-specialist staff).

By susiebrooks91

*Updated* AQA GCSE History: British Depth Studies: Norman England, c1066–c1100 - The Normans: Conquest and Control

AQA GCSE History: British Depth Studies: Norman England, c1066–c1100 - The Normans: Conquest and Control

• Causes of Norman Conquest, including the death of Edward the Confessor, the claimants and claims.
• Military aspects: Battle of Stamford Bridge; Battle of Hastings; Anglo-Saxon and Norman tactics; military innovations, including cavalry and castles.
• Establishing and maintaining control: the Harrying of the North; revolts, 1067–1075; King William’s leadership and government; William II and his inheritance.

*Owing to marking the 2018 AQA GCSE History summer examination series, all of my original resources have been amended and updated for students studying the AQA GCSE History syllabus. In addition, I have utilised feedback from students, fellow professionals, experienced colleagues and my own professional judgement to ensure that each resource will help you to teach quality history lessons.

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