Tower power: the Norman conquest

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About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English, Drama  | Topics: Normans, Castles | Session Type: Route-based

It is 1097 and King William I's greatest fortress and palace, the White Tower, has finally been completed. In this session, one of William's courtiers will help children explore this magnificent keep and understand its role and significance.

This session encourages children to find out more about King William I, both as a conqueror and a king. Through role-play activities, they will gain a better understanding of the events which lead to the Norman conquest.  

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Learn about the Tower’s role as a fortress.
  • Know that William the Conqueror began the building of the White Tower after the Norman conquest.
  • Understand the features of the White Tower as a castle and palace, and how these features enabled William I to gain power and keep control.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Significant events beyond living memory.
  • A post 1066 study of relevant local history.
  • Significant turning points in British history.

Booking information

Monday - Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
60 minutes
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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