What were castles for?

Role play during a schools' session at Windsor Castle

Why were many castles built during the medieval period, what were they used for and who lived in them? Focusing on the story of this famous castle at Windsor from the Norman Conquest to the Barons' siege in 1216 a year after King John sealed the Magna Carta, pupils explore the role of castles long ago.  This lively session looks at the means of attack available to determined enemies and children find out through role play how Windsor’s formidable defences kept them all at bay.  Using replica objects and armour we investigate the role of the Knights of the Garter, created at Windsor in 1348.

Local study focus?  This talk can be adapted to cover a broader 1000 year history of Windsor Castle with additional information on the influence of significant monarchs on the site, the evidence of which can still be seen today.  Fun, factual and immersive, the session brings the site right up to date with its role as an official home of HM The Queen and major tourist attraction.  Please tell us when booking that this is your focus of study to ensure we deliver the version of the session you want.

"I heard many teachers and parents commenting on the quality of the learning experience, and the children loved it too."
Class Teacher

Session details

Curriculum themes: 
Events beyond living memory
Significant historical places in your locality
Local history study beyond 1066
Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066
Materials and their uses
Physical and human geography
Age group: 
Key stage 1
Key stage 2
School subjects: 
Science (Materials)
Maximum pupils per session: 
50 – 60 (depending on age)
40 minutes
11:30 (lunch 12:30),12:30 (lunch 11:45)
Days of the week: 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Windsor Castle
Learning room: 
The Moat Room
Before making a booking please visit this page: 
Essential booking and visit information for Schools - Windsor
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