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Happening History – KS1 Life in a Castle

Location(s)South East, East and Central England
Key StagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
Special SchoolsYes
Public Liability5,000,000
Enhanced DBSYes
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This workshop is based on castles and castle life. With the basic premise being that we need to hire some staff to come and work in the Castle. The children can learn about arms & armour, food, and clothing. The display is designed to be very hands-on so that every child will have a go at all the activities.

Age group: Keystage One, 5 – 7 year olds

workshop time: 1 hour 10 minutes (can be adjusted slightly to suit)

Max number of students: 30 per workshop

Number of workshops per school day: 3 maximum.

workshop area: School hall, dining room, gym or other large indoor space. Display items can be moved to the side during lunchtime if required.

Teacher requirement: 2-3 adults (depending on size of group) one of whom must be a teacher. Teaching assistants are great.  But the more the merrier!  Parents are also welcomed.

This workshop looks at 3 topics, food & cooking, arms & armour, and medieval clothes.  Students are split into 2 groups within the workshop and a member of HH staff take them around the different areas of the workshop.

Introduction: We introduce ourselves to the children and explain that we need to employ some people to come and work in our castle. We need knights, kitchen hands and of course, the students are all very strangely dressed so we’ll need to show them what they’d have to wear as medieval people, whether it be the rich lady or the peasant worker. The children are then split into 2 groups and rotate around the different activities.

Clothing: The children learn what medieval clothes were made from by feeling & examining the different materials such as silk and wool.  There are many lovely child-sized clothes, hats and pouches for them to try on over their uniforms.

Arms & Armour: Our knight will show the children why and where armour was worn. They are then invited to try on the pieces of armour and see if they can figure out how to put the knight back together. If they have been good, they are also given the opportunity to hold a real knights sword (blunt edge practice sword). The trying on of armour and sword holding are carefully supervised.

Kitchen hands: The cook needs some help in the kitchen so we will need some people to help her do some jobs. The children then learn how people cooked and made food in medieval times and compare it to how they cook and prepare food now. Students can pretend to cook the fabulous fake food by turning the spits, using our ovens, making a pie, following the recipes, stirring cauldrons, etc. It’s all about learning through playing! 

Summary: If time, for the last few minutes, we bring the children back to sit in one group and thank them for helping us and find out what tasks they’ve enjoyed doing the most and which jobs they might like to do.


‘Thank you so much for a fantastic workshop! It was lovely to see all the children engaged and eager to share with other members of staff what they had learnt. It was my third time participating in the workshop and each time I learnt something new.’
Wyndcliffe Primary School

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