GCSE Normans: Activity trail

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This is a self-guided historical enquiry designed to support GCSE students studying the Normans. It can be used as a classroom resource, particularly for students studying the AQA historic environment of Norman England which, in 2021, focuses on the White Tower within its historical context.

Exam board links

  • AQA Paper 2: Shaping the Nation, Section B: Norman England, c1066-c1100.
  • Edexcel: Paper 2: Period study and British depth study B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88.
  • OCR A (Explaining the Modern World): Component Group 2: Power: Monarchy and Democracy in Britain c.1000 to 2014.
  • OCR A (Explaining the Modern World): Component Group 3: Castles: Form and Function c.1000–1750.
  • OCR B (Schools History Project): British Depth Study: The Norman Conquest, 1065–1087.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to make comparisons and contrasts between Anglo-Saxon and Norman England.
  • Students will explore the legacy of invasion and the nature of society in the early Anglo-Norman period.

Normans activity trail

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Key Stage

KS4 (age 15-16) KS5 (age 16+)

Subject

History

Topic

Normans

Type

For the classroom For your visit

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Tower of London

A selection of primary and secondary image and written sources designed to support GCSE students studying the Normans.

Key Stage

KS4 (age 15-16)KS5 (age 16+)

Subject

History

Topic

Normans

Welcome to The Scoop! Join Jezebel Factsman and her team of historical experts to uncover how the Normans constructed the White Tower.

Key Stage

KS4 (age 15-16)

Subject

HistoryArchaeology

Topic

Normans

See the extent of William’s castle building across England in the Norman period.

Key Stage

KS3 (age 11-14)KS4 (age 15-16)KS5 (age 16+)

Subject

HistoryGeography

Topic

NormansCastles