Castles in the history classroom

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

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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 renowned 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! So why not check out this fantastic collection of secondary history resources from the Tes community. 

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.

Defending a Castle
mrshopehistory

Defending a Castle

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A well presented lesson on the defensive features of Medieval castles created for KS3 history students on Microsoft Powerpoint **A little about the lesson** Students are encouraged to design their own castle and its defences. Students are provided with a king-sized budget and challenged to researc...
Square keep / stone keep
Kate Bentley

Square keep / stone keep

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Information sheets and work sheets on square stone keep castles. Those with smiley faces on are the SEN sheets. I normally supplement these with a clip from you tube on stone keep castles.
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 ...
Motte & Bailey Castles
mrshopehistory

Motte & Bailey Castles

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A well presented lesson with accompanying student worksheets on Motte and Bailey castles created for KS3 history students on Microsoft Powerpoint **A little about the lesson** This lesson focuses on the first castles that were built in England following William the Conquerors success at the Battle...
Normans KS3 - How Did Castles Change?
hassan1985

Normans KS3 - 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...
KS3 History: The Development of Medieval Castles over time
RAResources

KS3 History: The Development of Medieval Castles over time

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This is a **free sample** of one of the most commonly taught subjects in schools - Medieval castles! You will receive the following: 1: A 3 page A4 worksheet which is aimed at all abilities but in particular weaker students who need more structure 2: A 2 page A4 fact sheet about the development o...

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.