Medieval Madness | School Holidays Workshop | Monday 20th April 2020
Get your knight on for the day exploring heraldry, tactics, engineering and weaponry of medieval times. Hear stories of the crusades and tales of Robin Hood. Design your own coat arms to add to your knight's shield before learning the medieval art of combat with a mace. Build and learn to use a range of siege equipment -from staff slings to the mighty catapult. Finish off with an awesome wet and wild siege battle.
Strictly Ages 7-12
Held at North Sydney Demonstration School, in the Lady Hay Hall.
-Develop knowledge, skills and understanding in making prop replicas and other creative works informed by investigations and sources on the topic of Medieval Europe.
-Use expressive forms to communicate ideas
-Appreciate personal creative outcomes and those of others
-Collaborate with others by taking on roles and creating imagined situations informed by Medieval European culture and sources.
830-915: Early Drop Off
930-1045: Arrival, registration, meet and greet
Participants organised into Mercenary Corps with different coloured cloth tabards. Corps then establish a base using tarps, sticks and cloth which will be their area through the day. Crews can decorate the area with props provided, each crew will be given a chest with clothes, props and other medieval materials.
Europe in the Hundred-year War. Using chalk and ground mapping Dave will draw how the Hundred Year War affected Europe, tell some stories about mercenary corps and some tales from history and dispel some myths about the medieval life.
1015-1045: Morning tea
1045-1230: Axe, shield and mace making and designing a coat of arms. Using the foam mace and axe blanks, participants will craft and personalise their own medieval weapons with jewels, a hand guard and engraved messages. Using the shields each participant will design and paint their own coat of arms on a shield using historical examples as inspiration.
Armour fitting. Acting as squires, we’ll try to fit the suit of full plate armour on a willing volunteer as well as trying on chain mail and handling the historical examples of swords, helmets and other weapons
Dramatic Storytelling: The Tale of Robin Hood followed by an Archery Competition based on the story. Win the Golden Arrow
1330-1530: Medieval combat training. Using our weapons we’ll learn the basic moves of medieval fighting from the historical manuals. These will then be tested in some safe bouts using padded weapons and wearing fencing helmets and padded gloves. This section will also involve a demonstration of medieval fighting using steel weapons by trained stunt fighters.
Crush the castle. We’ll build a medieval castle from boxes and then attempt siege warfare, launching wet sponges towards the castle with our catapult and hand held siege apparatus in a series of team activities
After a successful campaign, every mercenary corps knows to pack up their camp, stow their gear and set off for the next engagement. We’ll pack down before collecting our goodies and heading home.
1530-1600: Late Pickup