Half Term 3: Medieval Life (1066 – 1485)
We will be teaching students about what life was like for ‘normal people’ during the medieval period. At this time most people were farmers and lived in villages and belonged to the Catholic Church. Students will learn about what life was like in a medieval village and the importance of religion. Throughout students will be asked to compare their own way of life, to that of a medieval persons, we hope this will develop a greater understanding of life 700 years ago.
Weeks 1 & 2
After discussing the key characteristics of where they live and how they live students will be taught about the key features of a medieval village. Students will be expected to know how and why a village was laid out and the key buildings and uses of that would be found in a village.
Students will take part in an extended role play as a medieval villager in order to learn about the different people that would be found in a medieval village. Students will be expected to know the different people that would be found in a medieval village and the different roles that they would fulfil and jobs they would undertake.
Week 4 & 5
In medieval times almost all people where Christians and there was only one type of Christian, a Catholic. Students will be taught about the key beliefs of medieval people, importance of and layout of a church and the role of priests and the church in everyday life.
Students will be working in small groups learning about different aspects of medieval life such as fashion, sport, entertainment, school and music.
Students will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of all they have learnt by annotating diagrams of villages and churches and answering short answer questions on all of the above.
More Detailed Information
The Seeing Stone' by Kevin Crossley
Mountfitchett Castle. About 40 minutes away this is a mock medieval Motte & Bailey with lots to look at and do.
Cosmeton Medieval Village. Much further away, in South Wales is this reconstructed medieval village.