Battlefield Detectives Learning Package

The Battlefield Detectives Package is a full day visit planned for you. We will provide a detailed itinerary based on your arrival and departure time. On arrival, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will take the lead and direct you to your base for the day. The day consists of the following 3 activities:

Battlefield Detectives:

Pupils become detectives using deductive skills and reasoning to see what they can learn from the recent archaeological studies of Bosworth Battlefield, and Richard III. The pupils learn about the use of archaeological techniques, the study of DNA and geophysics to help understand historical theories. Following their own lines of enquiry, they will use real evidence to make their own historical claims to reconstruct the past.

Guided Walk:

One of Bosworth’s knowledgeable guides will bring the events of the battle to life outside on the battlefield trail with a 2km guided walk featuring objects, re-enactment, and role-play. With access to the most up-to-date research and evidence, pupils will learn the very latest information about the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and what historians think happened here.

Self-Led Exhibition:

Our award-winning exhibition brings to life the story of the Battle of Bosworth and this fascinating period of history. Follow the four medieval characters to find out about the lives of those involved, as Richard and Henry battle for the throne of England. Explore how the Battlefield was rediscovered in 2010 and compare the fates of Richard and Henry. We will provide a trail to teachers and adults to guide pupils through the galleries.

Audience: KS2 – KS3
Price: £8 per student
Duration: Full Day
Minimum number of students: 13 or £104
Maximum number of students: 35 per group. 3 groups max.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To develop an understanding of archaeological processes.
  • To develop critical thinking and discussion skills.
  • To understand the relevance of maps and use of coordinates.
  • To develop an understand of the timeline of events at Bosworth.
  • To know what happened at the Battle of Bosworth.
  • To understand why there was a battle and how it relates to the Wars of the Roses.
  • To identify significant people related to the battle.
  • To know how the battle changed English history and marked the start of the Tudor dynasty.
  • To learn about life in medieval time.
  • To develop an understand of the timeline of events at Bosworth.
  • To understand how medieval Bosworth fits into the local landscape.

National Curriculum links:

History:

  • A local history study.
  • To know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent.
  • Significant historical events, people, and places in their own locality.
  • Know where people and event fit in within a chronological framework.
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used.
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • The development of society in medieval Britain 1066-1509: the Wars of the Roses (KS3)
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts.

Geography:

  • Human geography: types of settlement, land use, trade links, and the use of natural resources.
  • Use grid references, symbols and key including the use of Ordnance Survey maps.
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features.

Science:

  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

English:

  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations, and debates.

Art:

  • Recording observation.

 

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