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Take One Castle Online Resource

On this page you will find all of the information necessary to use the Take One Castle as a classroom resource.

Primary Teachers Notes

This download provides a summary of the resource for teachers and comprises:

  • Introduction
  • About the document - the physical nature of the document
  • What the document contains. 
  • Starter Activities. 
  • Lines of Enquiry for pupil-led learning,
  • Associating/Supporting Documents in Gloucestershire Archives
  • Places to Visit in Gloucestershire and the immediate area.

Starter Activities 

This download details the following activities that could be undertaken as a classroom introduction to the topic.  These can be delivered by Gloucestershire Archives as a taught session (this is chargeable - please contact us for details). 

  • In the News! - Students have to write and present a media report on the siege of Gloucester Castle in 1265.
  • Get orf my land! - Students create an improvised dramatic interpretation of the events surrounding the creation of the 'Bearlands' district of Gloucester.
  • How much? - Students investigate the castle accounts for the costs involved in making the catapults and also the wages of the garrison.
  • Let's Make a Plan? - Students have to create a ground plan of a castle.

The other downloads provide background information that provide a context to the document and its use in the classroom.  They comprise:

  • History of Gloucester Castle
  • A brief account of the Second Barons' War
  • Gloucester Castle in the Second Barons' War
  • Gazetteer of Gloucestershire Castles
  • Sample pages of the accounts roll
  • Image bank (PowerPoint presentation containing images of the accounts roll, a sample page, an outline map of medieval Gloucester, a drawing of a seal depicting Gloucester Castle, a contemporary drawing of Gloucester Castle keep, a Tudor map of Gloucester, two prints showing the remains of the castle in the 1800s and the coat of arms of the Clifford family) .

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