Year 5 History Trip to Warwick Castle

“Would you rather Attack or Defend?” “Where are the weak spots?” “How does Warwick defend itself?”

These were the question posed to Year 5 as they arrived at Warwick Castle for their history trip. They were an excited group of children glad to be out on a school trip again.  Moreover, they were delighted in the awe and size of this great structure.

The History of Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from a wooden fort, originally built by William the Conqueror during 1068. Situated in Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire, it was built on the banks of the River Avon to guard the Midlands against rebellion and has a full and very varied history.  The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone during the 12th century.

What is there to see and do?

Throughout the day, the children experienced how the castle had developed over time. Furthermore, they discovered how its defences had been improved as siege weaponry became more powerful.

The children went up and down the Motte.  There was an intriguing investigation of the Mighty Trebuchet. The Falconer’s Quest show was a highlight as well as the Horrible Histories maze. 

“It was so fun to be at the castle, it was massive and I loved it when the bird of prey nearly hit our heads!” (Alfie, 5JRD)

Finally the children clambered along the battlements and then enjoyed an exploration into the depths of the castle as it prepared for war.

It was great to be able to visit Warwick Castle, and on the way back to school there was much discussion about the answers to our initial questions.

“This was my first Elstree school trip and it was brilliant!” (Jessica, 5CLP)