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The Norman Tower: 1066 And all that

about this session

Key stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Normans | Session Type: Route-based

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

With the help of one of the King's courtiers, students will explore this magnificent keep, discovering what it tells us about the challenges facing the precarious Norman court. Through examination of the castle exterior and its defences, students will examine the symbolic power of the great 'Norman fist on Anglo-Saxon soil'.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Explore the nature of power and the challenges facing the new king following the Norman Conquest.
  • Extend and apply their knowledge of early castles and defensive features through the study of the White Tower.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509.
  • Knowing and understanding the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.
  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions.

Booking Information

Monday - Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30

60 minutes

Up to 35 students

£100 plus admission

We also offer this session tailored for groups with a large proportion of moderate learning difficulties.

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