Tower Power: the Norman Conquest

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English, Drama  | Topics: Normans, Castles | Session Type: Route-based

It is 1097 and William I's greatest fortress and palace, the White Tower, has just been completed. 

One of William's courtiers will help students explore this magnificent keep, examining its exterior, defences and symbolic power as the great 'Norman fist on Anglo-Saxon soil'.

This drama session encourages children to find out more about William I – both as conqueror and king. Through role-play activities, children will gain a better understanding of the events which lead to the Norman Conquest and its impact.

Learning objectives
Children will:

  • Learn about the Tower’s role as a fortress.
  • Know that William the Conqueror began the building of the White Tower after the Norman conquest.
  • Understand the features of the White Tower as a castle and palace, and how these features enabled William I to gain power and keep control.

National Curriculum links
This session supports:

  • Development of the appropriate use of historical terms.
  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make historical claims.
  • A theme in British history that extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066 (invasion and conquest).

Booking information

Monday to Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
One hour
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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