A pupil from a school in Northamptonshire rang in to Chris Evans Radio 2 Breakfast Show to report back on the Castles Day she had experienced at her school the previous day. She marked it 100 out of 10!
Discover life in a mediaeval castle. History Off the Page will take up to 60 children and recreate life in a twelfth century
castle. History Off the Page provides valuable learning opportunities for key stage 1 pupils through a combination of roleplay,
practical activities and hands on experience with facsimile artefacts. The school hall will become the great hall of the
castle, and the pupils will take the roles of peasants and craftsmen who will be busy at their tasks while sharing all the latest
1144 AD: The castles day is set during the early mediaeval period and concentrates on the day to day life in a typical
Norman castle under siege in the south east of England.
History Off the Page will bring all the equipment and materials needed to set up workshops
in your hall. The school needs to provide tables and adult supervisors. The atmosphere will
be created by using drama and role-play, facsimile
items etc.. The tables will be covered to protect
them. The workshops normally include:
- Preparing cures with the wise woman.
- Making ink for the monks and testing it.
- Working with pedestal lamps.
- Dipping beeswax candles.
- Making clay gargoyles for the Great Hall.
- Illuminating using oxides.
- Bakers will prepare and make simple salt dough bread.
- Making braid headbands and belts.
- Making leather finger protectors for the archers.
Banquet and Entertainment
During the afternoon session the pupils will experience a Norman banquet, which will continue the pupils role-playing, and
provides further historical information on life in a castle. The banquet makes use of many of the early mediaeval traditions
and customs. The afternoon is divided into the following sessions:
- Preparation for the banquet and tournament
- Having the banquet (Food will be served by servitors and includes performances by the children taking the roles of
actors, dancers and singers etc. The school will need to provide simple food.)
- A review of the day
Details of this and further information about the day are included in a booklet which is sent out prior to a booking. All the History Off the Page providers are experienced teachers and storytellers who enjoy working with large groups of children.
Generally there will be at least one story told during the day.
Costumes are available to order from Off the Peg.
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