Students within Year 7 have been studying life in medieval England with a focus on how King William was able to control the country after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. As part of their homework project the students have made Motte and Bailey Castles and labelled the different features. Students were given the chance to be as creative as possible with this task and one student – Cameron – even made his castle out of cake! He kindly shared this out with his peers and class teachers.
Motte and Bailey Castles were one of the first types of castles in England and were made from wood. These were designed to defend against the British who did not want William to be their king, with as many as 1000 being built by the Normans. As you can see, the students have been able to recreate the key features of these castles very well and have been able to describe the strengths and weaknesses of these fortifications in lessons.