Friday, 24 November 2017

Glue Gun Fun, Keep Cross-Sections, Knights and Falconry

Our project on The Normans and The Middle Ages has surpassed our normal 2-3 week time frame for thematic units because there is just so much to fit in!

We made medieval jewellery using plasticine, gold paint and beads.

The papier mache swords were completed. The Boy's is an early medieval one-handed sword and Panda Girl's is a 15th century French sword.

The Boy added a few effects.

The portcullis, entrance to a tunnel of murder holes. Who would want to invade a castle?!

After 13 years of homeschooling we finally bought a glue gun! Yay! We used it to make a cross section of a keep, including a bedchamber, The Great Hall and a store room/kitchen.

The Boy added a chapel in one of the turrets.

He made some brilliant medieval weapons out of K'nex.

Our focus turned to knights and Homeschoolshare allowed us to make this great lap book.

We read about famous knights and decided Godfrey de Bouillon and The Black Prince (brother to Mummy's favourite historical character, John of Gaunt) were our favourites.

Horse armour - the destrier's must have been incredibly strong.

We took a detour to the Dark Ages to explore the legend of King Arthur and to better understand the origins of knightly chivalry. 

And we added some bits to the timeline.

Back in the Middle Ages we learnt about hunting, hawking and falconry. Kings would have had gyrfalcons which are truly majestic. Barons would have had buzzards and knights, kestrels.

Massively impressed with the childrens' drawings today!

The Boy's

Panda Girl's

Friday, 3 November 2017

The Normans and The Middle Ages

1066 - William of Normandy invades Britain and defeats Harold Godwinson, whose army was depleted and tired after a battle with Harold Hadrada who had invaded from Norway, and history took a new turn as William sent his barons throughout the land to gain order under his rule

We began our new thematic unit with a week of Motte and Bailey making (which incidentally coincided with an English Heritage Motte and Bailey competition, so we entered ours!).

We learnt about how the keep was on a high mound and the Baron's house was within the bailey further down, alongside the blacksmith's house and stables. Away from the castle was the village settlement where villagers who worked on the baron's land kept small-holdings to provide for their families. The village surrounded the local church.

The children spent hours making some smashing details. I love the whole thing.

Pennant flag making

The Feudal System

The King
The clergy
Barons and knights and their families
Freemen - tradesmen, lawyers, farmers and merchants
Serfs and peasants

Another addition to the timeline


Illuminated Manuscripts

The Domesday Book - making our own on teabag parchment

A knight had at least four horses:

A destrier (warhorse) for battle
A palfrey for daily use
A pack-horse for carrying his belongings
A courser for speed

Weapons - these were cool to learn about!

Making our own out of papier mache

Ready for painting

Learning about the Crusades

Making medieval pottage

And bread