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Book of the Week

Key Stage 1
The Naughty Knight

Authors – Valerie Thomas
Illustrator – Korky Paul
Publisher – Oxford University Press
Paperback – 9780192759504
eBook – 9780192759481

When Winnie and Wilbur discover a castle in ruins, Winnie makes a ‘swoosh’ of her wand to take them back to Medieval times.  Winnie becomes a lady-in-waiting and Wilbur a dashing knight in armour as they deal with a naughty, bad-tempered knight.

With Medieval magic and mayhem from the start, this is a classic Winnie and Wilbur adventure.

Key Stage 2
Howl’s Moving Castle

Author – Diana Wynne Jones
Publisher – Harper Collins Publishers
Paperback – 9780007299263
EPUB – 9780007380459

In the land of Ingary, young Sophie Hatter is cursed by a witch. With nothing to lose she travels to the one place she might get help – the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is only satisfied by the souls of young girls.

This fantasy classic is full of humour and imagination.

Website of the Week

Skipton Castle Website

Skipton Castle

Find out about Skipton Castle in Yorkshire.

  • pictures to colour
  • Spot the Difference
  • and masks to make.
Explore Skipton Castle!

Image: Skipton Castle, Yorkshire

Artefact of the Week

Music for a Great Castle

Music for the Great Castle

A musical tour of a Castle

A collection of Medieval and Renaissance music which presents a musical tour of a great castle. Trumpets, drums, flutes, harps, recorders and lutes play music that would have been played in different places in a castle such as the banquet hall, the chapel and the garden.

There were no plates in Norman castles. What did they use instead?

Answer: The Normans ate their food on stale bread. This was called a ‘trencher’ and the food was placed on top of it. The most important people were given the top of the loaf and that’s where the expression ‘Upper Crust’ (meaning posh) comes from.

Find out more about medieval feasting

Picture/Clip of the Week

JMW Turner – Norham Castle in Northumberland

JMW Turner - Picture of the Week

JMW Turner, one of Britain’s best known artists painted a number of castles. Here are 6 paintings of Norham Castle in Northumberland. Which painting do you like the most and why?

Scroll down the page to find more castle paintings by Turner.

Challenge of the Week

Make a cardboard shield!

Visit English Heritage for inspiration and a step-by-step guide.

We’d love to see your creations!

Send us a photo via Twitter @JuniperEd or email us.


Find a photograph of a castle in a book or on the internet and do a drawing or painting of it in the style of Turner.
JMW Turner - Norham Castle - Tate London