We Are Britain

Block F - Castles

Learn about the countries and capitals of the UK. Learn fundamental information, key geographical vocabulary and important skills such as using maps, atlases and globes. Learn through a series of creative activities such as puppet show presentations, individual ‘family trees’ , a class ‘Breakfast Club’ that celebrates the diversity of all the children, putting on a castle inspired art exhibition, taking part in your own ‘We are Great Britain’ conference and sharing a final GB Bakery celebration!

Discover the castles around the British Isles! Find out about the most splendid castles and their locations around the UK. Capture the range of architecture using different art and craft techniques and conclude by meeting the Duke of Normandy and helping to plan his next castle!

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: I am the King of the Castle

Find out about different types of castles using a castle timeline, photographs and videos; create castle models including key features.

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02: Castle and the Sun

Examine the image `Castle and the Sun by Paul Klee´; compare the image to real castles in the UK and then recreate the image using crayons and watercolours.

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03: Wanted, medieval workers!

Be transported back in time to 1275; experience what it would be like to work in a medieval castle; interview each other and compete for a job - good luck!

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04: Battle castles

Learn about the main methods of attacking and defending a Motte and Bailey castle; in groups plan an attack, discussing the advantages/disadvantages of different battle methods; play the game ’battle castles’ and try to destroy an opponent’s castles.

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05: Where can I build a castle?

Respond to a letter from the Duke of Normandy asking class to build a new castle; use atlases to Identify countries, capital cities and seas; draw a simple map and indicate where the best location for the new castle might be; present ideas to the Duke - will he be impressed?