005 - Life in a Castle

Factual Question

What was it like to live or work in a castle?


Terminology 

  • Lord
  • Constable
  • Blacksmith
  • Trencherman
  • Lady-in-waiting
  • Jousting
  • Minstrel
  • Troubadour


Activity One - Watch

Watch the short clip below it gives a humorous idea of what life was like for the wealthy living in a castle.

Horrible Histories - Come Dine With Me




Activity Two - What was life really like in a castle?

It is your task to develop a guide for next years Year 8 focusing on what life was like in a medieval castle from the owners and workers perspective. The guide will be hand written on A4 paper and will need to include the following things:

Key role of a castle

  • Why were castles built?

Living in a castle

  • Different rooms
  • Keeping clean
  • Making the castle look attractive
  • Keeping warm

Working in a castle

  • Role of the constable
  • Different jobs e.g. blacksmith, trenchermen, ladies-in-waiting etc what did they do and why?

Food and the Kitchen

  • What does the word lord mean?
  • What did people eat and why?

Entertainment and Leisure

  • Who were the minstrels and troubadours? What was their role?
  • What sports did the nobility play?
  • Where did the board and card games come from?
  • What events were put on to combine sports and military training?

Structure of the Assignment

When developing your guide think about the structure, remember to check your spellings and include the following:
          1. A title Page
          2. Contents Page
          3. Clear Headings
          4. Definitions of key words
          5. Bibliography

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using criterion A - Knowing and Understanding and B - Investigating. 

Criteria A - Knowing and Understanding
 Mark Generic Level Descriptor Task Specific Level Descriptor


3 - 4
  • Uses terminology that is accurate and/or appropriate.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through adequate descriptions, explanations or examples.
  • Uses specific names of peoples jobs and the different rooms.
  • Descriptions of the different areas of a castle, jobs etc are brief and simple.
 


5 - 6
  • Uses a range of terminology accurately and appropriately.
  • Demonstrates good knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through accurate descriptions, explanations or examples.
  • Uses a number of specific names of peoples jobs, sports and the different rooms.
  • Descriptions of the different areas of a castle, jobs etc are clear.
 


7 - 8
  • Uses a wide range of terminology accurately and appropriately.
  • Demonstrates detailed knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through developed and accurate descriptions, explanations or examples.
  • Uses specific names of peoples jobs, sports and the different rooms well.
  • Descriptions of the different areas of a castle, jobs etc are detailed.

Criteria B - Investigating
 MarkGeneric Level Descriptor  Task Specific Level Descriptor
 

3 - 4
  • Uses a method or methods to collect and record some information consistent with the research question.
  • Partially addresses the research question.
  • Collects information for the points above but does not look at everything.
  • Answers partly how people lived and worked in a Medieval castle.
 

5 - 6
  • Uses a method or methods to collect and record appropriate information consistent with the research question.
  • Satisfactorily addresses the research question.
  • Collects information required about a castle and has a clear structure to record it.
  • Generally answers how people lived and worked in a Medieval castle but misses a few elements out.
 

7 - 8
  • Uses methods accurately to collect and record appropriate and varied information consistent with the research question.
  • Effectively addresses the research question.
  • Collects a wide range of information about living and working in a castle and records it well.
  • Answers all the points above fully.




Useful Resources

PBS - Castles