Back to medieval times as boys create castles

CREATIVE From left, Kieran Ibbotson, Duncan Daniels, Toren Hill, Ethan Grainger, Daniel Bailey, and Callum Fantham with their castles. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131852-232)
CREATIVE From left, Kieran Ibbotson, Duncan Daniels, Toren Hill, Ethan Grainger, Daniel Bailey, and Callum Fantham with their castles. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131852-232)

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STUDENTS stepped back into the medieval era by making their own castles.

Year 7 pupils at the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School made the castles as part of a six-week homework project.

The exercise is organised for Year 7 pupils every year.

Debbie Chandler, head of Year 7, said: ‘We try and ensure that the homework supports their learning and so we make it relevant to what they are doing.

‘This is part of their scheme of work. The reason we do this is to encourage independent learning.

‘We want them to take what they have learnt outside school and come up with something and put it into practice.

‘We like them to do that because it’s cross-curriculum.

‘They have to think about the design and do some research and build up on the knowledge that they have learnt in school.’

The boys were tasked with using a variety of different materials to design the castles as part of a project based on medieval Britain.

They have mainly been made from wood and include working drawbridges.

Mrs Chandler added: ‘It was completely up to them.

‘One of the boys used sand to make the rough texture of the wall.

‘When they make them they are asked to present them to the class so they are developing their presentation skills.

‘We are encouraging them to learn something they will use all through school.

‘And it’s a great way for parents to get involved. We had lots of mums and dads and grandparents helping out.’

And Mrs Chandler said the castles are very impressive.

‘We are very proud of them which is why we have them on display,’ she added.

‘They are amazing. The attention to detail is incredible.

‘They are well thought out and a lot of effort has gone into them.

‘They enjoyed it. They’re proud of their castles. It’s a very popular homework project.’

The Year 7 pupils take part in the project every year.

The castles will now go on display and parents will have a chance to view them at upcoming parents’ evenings.