Non Fiction - Castles
if you are looking for any type of information linked to castles then this is the resource for you!
You can explore as a class, small groups or set independent research tasks with this versatile resource.
Main Focus: Prefixes mis & dis
This is one of our new literacy resource packs which focuses on prefixes.
You children will be challenged to complete the passage using the correct prefixes.
The resources are differentiated to suit all abilities.
Main Focus: Noun Phrases and Extended Noun Phrases
This pack helps your class develop their noun and extended noun phrases using vocabulary linked to dragons.
There are 6 differentiated sheets in this pack to cater for all your abilities.
Main Focus: Punctuation
You children are challenged to add in the punctuation in this pack.
The punctuation activity is differentiated and ranges from capital letters and full stops to commas for adverbial phrases and lists.
Main Focus: Commas for Lists of Adjectives
You children must read the text and punctuate the lists using a comma.
They can also create their own lists within the passage.
Castles Word Bank
Explore our castles activity pack that will introduce your class to the most adventurous vocabulary linked to castles.
Activity 1: Research the castles around the world.
Activity 2: Castles – Nouns
Activity 3: Castles – Verbs
Activity 4: Castles – Adjectives
Activity 5: Exploration Cave – dive deeper into the word, definition, usage, synonyms, antonyms, association and illustration.
Roger de Montgomery
This is Roger de Montgomery.
He was “William the Conqueror’s” trusted right-hand man and cousin…
Listen to this fantastic recount of who Roger was and why he goes down in history.
Click the image to listen.
The Castle Staff
This resource allows your children to listen to clips which give a first person narrative of what is was like to live as a…
You also have the option to print the transcripts to use as reading exercises.
The Tiny Crusader
This is a fantastic video resource that can be implemented into your castles topic. The children LOVE it!
The Tiny Crusader needs his sword fixed so he can undertake a new adventure.
- Allow children to watch the story and write the next adventure of the Tiny Crusader.
- Allow children to design their own Crusader and design the armour, shield, helmets, weapons and more.
- Create a clay model of the Crusaders.
- Create dialogue between the characters.
- Link to PDMU – Helping out others.
Tiny Crusader Comprehension
This comprehension has been written to accompany the video clip above of the Tiny Crusader.
The children will read from the passage and learn about Ulric the Unbreakable and then answer the questions.
This is a great passage to help children extend their vocabulary and provides challenging aspects for whole class discussion.
Key Word Display
Download our key word cards to add some key vocabulary for your castles wall display.
By having these key words up on the wall, the children will be able to use it as a reference point should they be writing narratives about knights and castles.
Castle Quiz Flashcards
This is a fantastic printable resource that develops knowledge of castles in a fun way.
The flashcards can be used as a quiz or simply as a knowledge bank for your castles topic.
Blank flashcards have also been included to encourage your children to add questions of their own as their knowledge progresses throughout the topic.
A fun and fantastic resource to enthuse your children and get them reflecting on their learning.
Word and Picture Match
Your class must read the key words and match them to the pictures shown.
There are 14 words and pictures over two resource cards.
You can also use this resource for younger children to begin to write castles sentences. For example. The knight has a shield. You LA children can use the words and pictures and tell you a sentence orally.
Fact or Opinion
This is a great worksheet that encourages your children to think about the difference between facts and opinions.
This resource also helps your class develop some key facts about their castles topic.
A fact is something that can be proven true.
An opinion is a feeling or belief about something and cannot be proven true.
Castles Activity Cards
This resource and activity card is a fun way for your children to find some of the key words and vocabulary linked to castles.
The activity card below the resource gives your class information and they must place the key word to complete the sentence.
This activity is a great way to learn new vocabulary and key facts associated with castles.
Castles Around the World
This is a great powerpoint to show your class different castles from around the world.
Great resources for comparing and contrasting castles as well as looking at how castles changed over the years.
This is a worksheet that gives your children the opportunity to learn key vocabulary linked to castles and label the parts of the castle shown.
Fact or Opinion
This is a great worksheet that allows your children to learn how to differentiate between facts and opinions as well as work on their punctuation skills.
The children must decide whether each statement is a fact or opinion and add in the capital letters and full stops as they write out the statements.
The Sand Castle
This is a great short film showing a story of sand animals creating a sand castle. It is a great way to introduce children to the topic castles and it is a great introduction for a creative lesson.
Let your children watch this and inspire them to create one of their own.
Castles in the England
In this resource you can choose a region in England and explore the castles.
The resources allow your children to look at pictures of the castles as well as learn different facts from the synopsis.
Castles in Scotland
In this resource you can choose a region in Scotland and read a brief synopsis of the castle when selected.
Castles in Wales
In this resource you can choose a region in Wales and explore the key information about specific castles.
Castles in Northern Ireland
This is a super interactive resource that allows your children to explore the different castles in Northern Ireland.
This is a great resource to highlight the key features and information, as well as the geographical features.
Resource Cards and Activity Ideas
This is a bank of resources linked to Norman castles.
It is a booklet of images, diagrams, lesson ideas and activities, castle facts and more.
The most useful part of this resource must be the pictures and illustrations to use as sources.
Explore The Castle
A super resource that allows your KS1 children to explore around the castle.
The children will learn about the areas of a castle and also the individuals who would be around particular locations.
Features of Castles Powerpoint
A Powerpoint exploring the different features of a castle.
This resource explores the keep, walls, murder holes, moat, drawbridge and gatehouse.
This resource explores different answers to key questions about castles.
The answers are informative and highlight misconceptions about castles.
A great resources for children to take ownership of their learning.
Barnaby Visits Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is located on the east coast. It has some important and beautiful buildings, lots of shops and many museums and galleries. Barnaby Bear visits Edinburgh Castle, built on a big rock. A foot soldier from the time of Robert the Bruce helps to show Barnaby around. Barnaby learns about the different levels or wards of the castle and their defences. These include the portcullis, turns in the staircases and the cannons. Following tradition, the cannons are fired each day at one o’clock.
Jobs in Castles
A great powerpoint presentation about the different jobs of people in a castle.
Also see http://www.castles.org/Kids_Section/Castle_Story/people.htm for more information.
Travel back in Time
Barnaby and Becky are transported via their imagination to medieval times. They dress up and take on the role of king and queen of a castle.
People who live in a Castle
Explore the different roles and responsibilities of people who live in a castle. This resource explores the roles and responsibilities of the attilliator, butler, castilian, chaplain, cook, knight, messengers, squire and watchmen.
Label the Knight
When learning about castles this term, your KS1 children will be eager to learn more about knights.
This game allows your children to dress the knight and once completed, they can read and find out the specific names of the equipment.
Introducing your children to activities such as this one will develop new vocabulary and independence within their learning.
The Normans - Bayeux Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which shows the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.
This resource allows your children to design a tapestry of their own.
Label the Castle
A fantastic labelling game relating to castles and key features.
Not only does this game introduce the children to new vocabulary associated with castles, but furthermore consolidates learning of the topic to assess retention of information. The child has the option to print their work once completed. You could also allow the children to create castles using a paint program linking with ICT.
Video Clips and Resources
This is a link to a variety of websites that contain useful videos and downloadable resources when learning about castles.
2D and 3D Shapes and Properties
Can your children identify the 2D and 3D shapes that make up a castle?
Your children will also learn some key properties of shapes in this activity set.
Allow the children to create their very own classroom castle using junk materials. This castle has been made using toilet and kitchen rolls and painted. You could use this castle as part of a small world activity, enabling the children to create main characters and stories.
Create a castle using a handprint. You could create multiple handprints to create a more detailed version of the one shown. Your KS1 children will love this!
If you are looking for a challenging art activity then this is the one for you.
Create a clay castle with your class. My advice, keep it simple!
Shield, Sword and Helmet
These are different art ideas when exploring castles and knights that can be completed with your children.
The shield is the easiest to create. Type in ‘Blank shield template’ to Google and choose your favourite shield. Allow your children to design the shield based on themselves and what is important to them.