The Castles of Suffolk Activity Sheets
The Castles of Suffolk is a guide to the over forty sites in Suffolk which are thought to have been sites of castles, with a wealth of information about each site. The support and activity resources that you can access from this page will help you get even more from the book.
This activity uses maps and different types of maps as a way into looking at some local castles and an exercise in researching and summarising information. The map of Suffolk in the book is intended you show a general distribution of castles across the county, rather than detailed information on a location. A different type of map is needed to locate a site exactly, and the activity sheet leads onto the use of the National Grid and the grid reference system. There is a link to the pages on the Ordnance Survey site which provides a graphical introduction to the grid system.
The activity sheet on screen provides an interactive version of the map used in the book; if you're using this facility in a school and when you run your mouse over the map, it does not show the castle names and grid reference, ask your ICT technician to alter your computer settings to allow the interactivity to operate.
On this activity sheet you'll find two photographs which were taken for use in the book. Students can print out the page or can download the pictures and carry out the exercise suggested in a picture package on your computer or use it in a presentation package. Permission is given for these photos to be used in this way in schools and colleges. The exercise will help develop ICT skills, will assist in interpreting photographs and will help in the concept of researching and presenting information - as well as encouraging understanding of the layout and design of castles.
This activity sheet has a contemporary document from the King, giving permission for three Suffolk and Norfolk houses to be strengthened into castles. It raises the general question of historical evidence about castles, and then uses questions about the document to help with understanding this type of evidence.
It can lead on to consideration of the other types of evidence on castles, or consideration of other documentary evidence from the era of castle building. It can also lead to discussion of where such documents are kept and how they are looked after.