Castle Courageous

Welcome to this Time Capsule Education unit of English work. It has been specifically designed to fit in with KS2 English and can be used to develop a number of different genres. This unit is designed for lower KS2, but could easily be adapted for Upper KS2 or Year 2 as well.

Castle Courageous is a fantasy story set in the magical world of Muttiggrund. It is a 'Portal Story' and is similar to the Wizard of Oz, Labyrinth and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. It is a story set in the first person - the author is the main character. The story starts on a school trip to a castle (or somewhere else if you choose) the author spots something strange in the castle and ends up falling through a portal in the fantasy realm. The rest of the story is about the author finding their way to Castle Courageous, defeating the baddie, the evil wizard Kelzar Daark, and getting back to the real world before it's time to get back on the coach to go back to school. 

This unit is designed to be combined with at least one day in school with the Time Capsule Team, when your children are encouraged to take part in a series of activities to help them explore the story setting further. This can be very helpful, especially with older children who sometimes feel that they are already too ‘grown up’ to take part or play.

We highly recommend that a Courageous day includes an element of dressing up and the children and teachers should dress as characters from fantasy stories and fairy tales. A Courageous day includes:-

  • a session about Fantasy stories - What is and what isn't going to be in our story
  • a chance to play in a fantasy world
  • the start of the story and where the author finds the portal
  • creating a map of Muttiggrund and locating Castle Courageous
  • a chance to explore characters in the fantasy world 
  • finding out about the settings in a fantasy world

We do not aim to be prescriptive: we do not tell you exactly what and when to teach but this unit provides a guide to the genres you could cover, activities to fully engage your pupils in each genre, an over-arching story that provides an exciting absorbing scenario so that your children will want to continue to explore the story world and write the different episodes.

The Teacher's guide is available on this site, see the Download to the right. The lessons and main teaching resources will come to you on a Time Capsule Pen Drive after you have booked a Time Capsule day.  You will then also gain access to the online resources we provide that will further enhance the module with more background information. There are also suggestions for a number of cross-curricular activities and ways to extend your pirate work into other areas of your children's learning.

This module, like all Time Capsule modules, is evolving all the time and we regularly update this module with new activities to add further experiences and value.