A Knight's Tale

Bringing History to Life Beyond the Classroom

One of our most popular days building on the enquiry led “Turrets and Tiaras” topic.  Opportunities for some to dress in armour and handle weapons (safely!) helps develop an understanding of different materials, and how heavy such things are!

 

“Tilting at the Rings” challenges pupils to pierce rings suspended from a gibbet.  This form of jousting fosters friendly competition, develops hand/eye co-ordination and can build self-confidence as the children attempt something completely new to them.

 

“Building a Castle” is a collective project where pupils are guided towards designing their own strong fortification - perhaps to protect the odd princess in a tower.   Afterwards, they will get a chance to breach the castle’s walls with the “War Wolf”, a fully working scale model Trebuchet!

What might a day include?

A day in "Knight School" is a great opportunity for children to dress up as knights, princes, princesses and even dragons!  The emphasis is on having FUN, using artefacts, role-play, and games to teach history in an engaging and meaningful way.

 

Have you got what it takes to become a Squire to a Knight?  "A Knight's Tale" can include any or all of these topics:

o  Discover about the development of weapons and armour from 1066 until the 15th-century;

o  Learn to Joust by "Tilting at the Rings";

o  Build a wooden block castle to discover all its defensive features...

o  ...and then destroy it with a Trebuchet!

o  Story Time: Rescue a Princess from a Dragon.

Alternatively, spend the day with "Robin Hood" and discover the man behind the legend.  Again the emphasis is on having FUN, using artefacts, role-play, and games to teach history in an engaging and meaningful way.

 

Have you got what it takes to become one of Robin's Merrie Men or Merrie Maidens?  The day can include any or all of these topics depending on the number of children for the archery:

o  Discover how weapons and armour developed from 1066 until the 15th-century, with links to archers and archery;

o  Have-a-Go Archery: classes of 30 children at a time will learn how to safely use a bow and shoot arrows at shield targets.  Sessions are approximately 40 minutes long.  Additional afternoon sessions can be added to cater for larger numbers of children.

o  Build the Sheriff of Nottingham's castle, with wooden blocks.  Can Robin's Merrie Band break in...

o  ...or will they destroy the castle with a Trebuchet!

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