Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

Climbing the battlements or tunnelling in the ground, there’s a whole world of adventure and fun to be found! This term, we will visit a real castle to explore the towers, battlements and maybe a secret tunnel or two! We’ll learn all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. Using a wide range of materials, we’ll build models of castles and test the strength of our structures. We’ll learn the stories of Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and create models inspired by them. Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and the longest tunnels in the world. We’ll find out about the amazing Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and improve our PE skills by playing attacking and defending games. At the end of our project, we’ll have so much to share! We’ll display our amazing structures and share our knowledge in a special question and answer session. 


ILP focus

Knowledge and understanding of the world

Language, literacy and communication

Recounts, reported speech, narrative, letters, posters

Mathematical development

Measures (height)

Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity


Knowledge and understanding of the world

Towers, bridges and amazing structures, castles and castle life, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, living things and their habitats, everyday materials, working scientifically

Physical development

Defend and attack games, balance and co-ordination

Creative development

Making models of towers, bridges and tunnels, sculpture using natural materials 

Help your child prepare for their project

Towers, tunnels and turrets are everywhere! Why not visit a skyscraper, big wheel or tower? Look at the materials the structure is made of to decide why the materials were chosen. You could also use blocks or stones to create tall towers. How high can you go? Alternatively, play Jenga together and see if you can work out how to make the tower stay strong, even when you have removed some of the blocks!