This page is intended to give you a feel of the Medieval Day. In preparation for each school visit, we will ensure that the structure of the day fits your needs and those of your pupils. There are several variations possible for Medieval Day. We can provide a Magna Carta Day and make links both with the history of 1215 and the British value of democracy. We can also provide a King Arthur Day, which looks at the beginnings of the legend of King Arthur and its flourishing in the medieval period. We can also focus on a narrower aspect of the Medieval period, such as the Battle of Hastings. Please ask if you have another Medieval focus and we will build a day to suit.
If you are carrying out a 'Knight and Castles' topics with EYFS chidlren, we have a set of activities which allow very young children to make comparisions with 'now and then' and understand some of the amin differences between their lives and the way poeple lived in the past.
Meeting Lady Catherine
In this introductory session the whole group meets Lady Catherine, a noble woman from the early 14th Century who has been tasked with some housekeeping. During this presentation the children discover more about key events of the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries and the children learn about the clothes which would have been worn in these centuries. Throughout comparisons are made with modern dress, in order to ground the learning in the children's own experience.
The children are then introduced to the main features of Lady Catherine's manor and are invited to help her there for the rest of the day.
Learning to be a Scribe
The children are introduced to the intricaies of ink making and the skill of cutting a quill. They then practice a medieval handwrting style and then write a letter using a quill pen and ink.
Medieval Food and Manners
The children familiarise themsevles with foods which would have been available during the medieval period and identify some which arrived in our country for the first time during this period. They then learn some medieval manners and identify similarities with acceptable behaviour at today's tables. Finally they plan a menu for a medieval banquet.
In this workshop the children discover more about the elemnts of heraldry, perhaps learning some technicla term to describe a knight's arms. They then design their own arms and create a knightly persona for themselves.
In this final section of the day, the children gather together again and learn about the development of arms and armour through the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries. There are plenty of opportunites of trying on helments and handling swords. the main focus is the development over time, culminating in the arrangments of early plate armour.
We then continue outside, either carrying out some squire training and then re-enacting a battle from the period, such as the Battle of Hastings or the Battle of Bannockburn. Or we prepare for different elements of a tournament, including swordsmanship, jousting at the qunitain or honing skills at archery.