Perfect at the start of Year 7, either as an exciting first trip to spark enthusiasm for history or before an assessment to refresh memories and bring learning to life. Now available for KS2 and proving very popular " The children shared their enthusiasm in assembly, chanting Godwinson, Will-iam and showing their shield drill skills, thank you!!" Yr 4 Teacher 

photography Katharine Markee
photography Katharine Markee
photography Katharine Markee
photography Katharine Markee

Combine your history curriculum with citizenship. Engage pupils in the life and times of those who fought to establish democracy in this country.

 

Activities cover key aspects of history National Curriculum suggested studies:

The Norman Conquest; Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament; the Black Death; the Peasants’ Revolt; the causes of the English Civil War. 

 

Primed with knowledge about the conditions needed to create a democracy, pupils can stay all day and debate 'How should we be ruled?' using UK Parliamentary debating rules.

 

Debates and activities can be tailored to the aspect of the Citizenship or PHSE curriculum you want to cover. 

photography Katharine Markee
photography Katharine Markee
photography Katharine Markee

Oakham Castle is one of the longest continually running courts in the country. Its Victorian court furniture provides a fantastic setting for children to discover changes in attitudes towards crime and its punishment through time.

There are plenty of grisly stories to capture imaginations. 

Active learning guaranteed.

 

 

photography Katharine Markee
photography Katharine Markee

Upper Ks2/Ks3

Storming the castle by hurling missiles from a trebuchet and firing arrows is our way of demonstrating physics in action. Students will collect data on the best way to achieve their goal of destroying a wall. There is much more fun to be had and a lot of learning too.  Please take a look at the activity plan to find out what we have in store. 

photography Katharine Markee

Following the development of early medicine and how it intertwines with the potions and remedies that 'cunning women/witches used.  Children are thoroughly engaged throughout - as they meet a witch from our past and hear her story,  make their own potion, meet apothecary and modern scientist and compare their ideas about the use of plants in medicine. 

 

Dry ice and the distillation process and the occasional chemical reaction, occurring when pupils potions are brewed, give opportunities to consider changing states of matter.  

 

Stay all day and learn how Witches and Wizards were treated by the end of the Middle Ages,  practice some spells and take a wand home to practice with.  Lots of inspiration for literacy tasks after a rich day of fun and imagining.

 

 

photography Katharine Markee
2017.10.10 Oakham Castle Pics edited-80.

Meet the last Anglo-Saxon Queen, Queen Edith and learn from her about life under the Danelaw in England. If you choose Vikings then meet our Viking Warrior.  

 

Culture and social history are brought to life, we look at the harshness of life in Survive in Anglo Saxon England,  Consider religion and the first steps to towards our current court system in Trail by Oath. Children learn battle tactics with swords and shields in hand and can finish their day with a creative art activity making a bead necklace modelled on replica beads the children can handle.

 

Alternatively, (or as well as, if you can stay long enough) children can listen to Beowolf retold an epic tale of an ogre slaying Viking told in The Great Hall of Oakham Castle.