School Tours: Stafford Castle

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Built around 1071 Stafford Castle is an excellent example of a motte and bailey Castle.

Our school tours cover the fascinating history of the castle site, with its eleventh century Norman fortress consisting of a large motte and two extensive bailies together with its associated medieval village. The foundations of the1348 medieval stone keep of the Staffords’ can be seen, as well as its later reconstruction.

Bring your children to the castle for:

Key Stage 1

Stafford Castle is a place “in your own locality” linked with “significant historical events”: the Norman Conquest and local Anglo-Saxon rebellion of 1069. In our recreated guardhouse children can learn first hand about castles and the people who lived in them.

Key Stage 2

Stafford Castle is an ideal “local history study” site, offering the opportunity to trace how “aspects of national history” are reflected locally. Pupils can set the castle in the chronological context of sequential invaders: Romans; Anglo-Saxons; Vikings and finally Normans who conquered Stafford’s Anglo-Saxons and built this fortress.

Key Stage 3

Pupils studying “the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain from 1066” can see the Battle of Hastings brought vividly to life with an examination of arms and armour; they will learn how the Normans built castles like Stafford and used them to fortify their hold over conquered people

Tours Programme and Activities with Cross-curricular links and curriculum support

Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 tours and hands on activities are designed to be cross-curricular and support the national curriculum links listed opposite.

All tours include a guided tour of the Castle grounds and Keep, and the opportunity to try on chain mail and helmets, and handle shields, weapons and armour.

English, Listening, Q and A, Role Play, Science, Mathematics, Art and Design, History, Geography

Medieval Coin Minting

Pupils mint a William I penny to take home

Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Science

Brass Rubbing

Children can learn the art of brass rubbing and create their own pictorial souvenir to take away.

Art and Design, English, History, Geography

Herb Activity

Students can learn about the varied medieval uses of herbs in Stafford Castle’s herb garden and make their own lavender bags.

English, History, Geography, Art and Design, Science