History KS3: Medieval daily life

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Tom Pinfold and Peter Ginn discover domestic life in a medieval peasant's hovel.

They reconstruct how the poorest members of 13th century society prepared their food, clothed themselves and furnished their homes.

This clip is from the BBC Two series, Secrets of the Castle.

Teacher Notes

You could ask your pupils to write an illustrated medieval version of a house and home magazine.

The magazine might inform a new peasant householder on food, “domestic appliances” and clothing.

Alternatively, this might be presented via a computer presentation using original source images from the internet.

Curriculum Notes

This series is suitable for teaching history at Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 3rd Level in Scotland.

More from Secrets of the Castle:

Building a medieval castle
Inside a medieval castle
Medieval trades and skills
Medieval warfare
The medieval world