Kenilworth Castle is a castle in the town of Kenilworth in Warwickshire, England managed by English Heritage; much of it is still in ruins. The castle was founded during the Norman conquest of England; with development through to the Tudor period. It has been described by the architectural historian Anthony Emery as “the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship”.
The castle was built over several centuries. Founded in the 1120s around a powerful Normangreat tower, the castle was significantly enlarged by King John at the beginning of the 13th century. Huge water defences were created by damming the local streams, and the resulting fortifications proved able to withstand assaults by land and water in 1266. John of Gaunt spent lavishly in the late 14th century, turning the medieval castle into a palace fortress designed in the latest perpendicular style. The Earl of Leicester then expanded the castle during his tenure in the 16th century, constructing new Tudor buildings and exploiting the medieval heritage of Kenilworth to produce a fashionable Renaissance palace.
We learnt a lot and of course, enjoyed ourselves as well!
This week Kestrels learnt about how things went at The Battle of Hastings. They produced a very precise timeline and then went outside to re-enact the battle. Things got pretty scary as the Normans played very tactically and overthrew the Britains. It was great fun and the activity will certainly help them to remember all the important facts and figures!
Yesterday year 5 looked at Anglo-Saxons and artefacts. They had to examine the photographs carefully to determine what they thought the artefacts were and what they may have been used for. There was a lot of interesting discussions and some really made excellent arguments for why they believed items to be for certain uses.
Many of the children used their knowledge of existing items around us to base their ideas on. Some also used the knowledge that they have gained so far of the Anglo-Saxon times.
A very impressive lesson Year 5. Keep working well in your groups, sharing ideas and being confident with your explanations.