Students from Year 7 constructed their own Norman castles with defensive features as part of a history project.
Isabella Tartaglia, Anna Boyd, Sarah Moreland, Emma Beadsworth and Emma Stacey worked together on their creation. Isabella said: ‘We made a secret passage so those in the castle could sneak out and get supplies and there is a cannon to shoot at the enemy. We built the walls high so invaders wouldn’t be able to climb up and also included a water supply, guard tower, look-out position and drawbridge.'
Charlotte Ahearn, Tiana Haughton, Ellie Walker and Philippa Lee also joined forces. Philippa said: ‘We all worked as a team to build different parts and took it in turns to choose which bit we wanted to make.' Their castle featured a drawbridge, portcullis, fortified arrow slits, ramparts and moat.
Teacher Mr Bidwell said: ‘Our national curriculum history assessment for this term involves every Year 7 student working together with their group to create a Norman castle and they have to see how many defensive features they can include. The drawbridges are easily the best feature on most of them and the students have all worked very well in their teams.’