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