Warrior Princess

Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd was passionate and followed her heart. There’s no wonder Wales remembers her as a ‘warrior princess’! Let’s learn about her brave stand against the Normans.

During this half term, we’ll visit Kidwelly Castle, find out about Gwenllian and why some believe her ghost haunts the castle grounds! Back in the classroom, we’ll write a reflective account of our visit, importing photos from the trip to illustrate our writing. We’ll find out more about Gwenllian, draw her, use computer software to produce her family tree and act out an imagined conversation between Gwenllian, her husband and her sons. Focusing on the fierce Battle of Maes Gwenllian, we’ll write a diary entry for Gwenllian before she confronted the Norman soldiers and a speech for her son, Maelgwyn, after the battle.

We’ll compare Gwenllian to the Celtic queen Boudicca. At the end of this project, we’ll debate Gwenllian’s decision to fight the Normans and reflect on the way Gwenllian has been remembered by Welsh warriors and the public at large.

 

Help your child prepare for their project

Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd was brave to the core. Why not interview family and friends about what it means to be brave and compile your results together? You could also learn some famous lullabies and have a go at writing a new one. Can you make each other sleepy? Alternatively, work together to make a poster about the types of weapons used in medieval battles.