Category Archives: History

Kenilworth Castle

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 Norman great 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!

Battle of Hastings

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!

Visiting Vikings

This week, year 5 were lucky enough to have a visit from ‘The History Man’.
He brought along all his artefacts associated with the Vikings.
He taught the children some very interesting facts and they were able to share their recently acquired knowledge on invaders, with him.
The children were involved in various activities such as: dressing in Viking clothes, building a replica Viking bed and playing Viking board games.
The reinacting of a battle scene was fabulous fun and they even received guidance on how to protect themselves in a sword fight. Have a look at some of the photos from our amazing morning!

The children in year 5 have been studying all about Kings & Queens in History. They focused on how the Magna Carta came about and put together a production to show their understanding.

Mr Lo has worked his computer magic on the videos and they are a pleasure to watch!
Please enjoy your children at their most confident…

Group 2


A Busy Week!

Kestrels have enjoyed writing their own poems this week! They have been working extremely hard and will be making a class book to the library. They also enjoyed reading them aloud to the class.
Here are Kestrels enjoying doing some World Book Day activities. They completed word searches and crosswords centred around authors and books.
They have also worked extremely hard on their Viking projects.


Year 5 tackled the question : How close did the Vikings come to taking over the country?
The had to put events into chronological order and then moved them left or right depending on how much control they had.
They had to use metacognition to determine what they knew and the best way to tackle the task and team work to achieve it. A lot of talking was essential too.