How might the stranger protect himself as he journeyed towards the castle- maybe a sword?
What type of sword did the stranger carry- maybe a long sword?
Why were swords special to their owners- might they have been handed down through generations of family, or maybe stolen or won in battle?
Can you draw a long sword? Use the image in the slides to help you.
Can you write why this sword might be special to our travelling stranger?
Activity 2 – Murder Holes!
Our story takes place in a castle.
Medieval architects went to great lengths to protect the castle gateway, which was considered the weakest part of a castle’s defence.
Using the information in Episode 2 of The Castle (slides 24-34), and maybe other things you will find in books and on the internet, have a go at designing a gatehouse that could withstand the most determined of attacks.
Remember, enemies can also be cunning and resourceful – employing such tactics as undermining and siege towers.
Activity 3 – The Traveller’s Journal
Use the information in Episode 3 of The Castle (slides 35-47)
Using a notebook write a short biography about who you think the traveller is and about the traveller’s background.
What do you think the traveller is going to write about in his small candle it room?
Maybe he will write about his journey through the storm, his mission to deliver the letter to the king, his impressions of the castle and the Earl. He might write some questions at the end.
Imagine you are the traveller. Write about your journey to the castle and any question you might have.
We would like you to invite you to meet some of our 2021 Norfolk & Norwich Festival artists, in these special video interviews. This trailer video is a gateway to many more full interviews with Festival artists, where they tell you all about themselves, their art form, their inspirations, give advice and talk about their careers. Each artist sets a Creative Challenge for you to try yourself linked to their art form and the work they do. Please give some of them a try and share what you do or create with us, either on social media by tagging @nnfest or email to Creative Learning Manager Sarah.Witcomb@nnfestival.org.uk These videos are also perfect for supporting an Arts Award or Artsmark journey, so please enjoy and make use of these great resources.
Tom Hickathrift (or sometimes Jack Hickathrift) is a legendary figure of East Anglian English folklore. He famously battled a giant, and is sometimes said to be a giant himself, though normally he is just represented as possessing giant-like strength.