Years 7 and 8 visited Warwick Castle at the end of last term with the purpose of enhancing and furthering what we have been learning about in our ‘Medieval Realms’ course. Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. As well as enjoying the magnificent castle structure and surrounds, the children attended three talks:
Attack and Defence: We explored Warwick Castle’s medieval defenses, and the children found out how the fortress would have protected itself during times of war, and how castles have developed and changed over time. During this tour the children walked around the outside of the building and heard about the nasty tricks and surprises defenders of the Castle had up their sleeves to protect themselves during a siege.
King Maker Tour: the focus was 1471 and Warwick Castle is locked in the bitter war between the Houses of York and Lancaster. The children joined the History Team and took a journey through medieval life. They discovered some of the secrets from the medieval battlefield and about the life of the workers and women at the court of Warwick the Kingmaker.
The Science of the Battlefield: The children discovered how Warwick Castle’s medieval weapons act upon various forces of physics. Pupils were questioned on the forces that interfere with the firing range of weapons used in war.
It was a really enjoyable day, despite cooler than expected weather, and we have subsequently written up our findings in class.