John Paston asks for a Goshawk

Meet a young John Paston III as he daydreams about one day having a hawk of his own to go hunting. Our animated story is intended for younger school children, Key Stage 1 if you're following the English system.

A topic map with classroom ideas across the curriculum can be downloaded from Hawks KS1 Topic Map.pdf - 238KbHawks KS1 Topic Map.pdf.

This is a short video, about a minute, of children enjoying seeing hunting birds, including hawks. Such display can often be seen at carnivals and fairs.

The idea for the hawk story comes from Paston Letters of 1472. John III was somewhat older than we've made him in our story - and there's the complication of the two brothers having the same name - but the letters provide an insight into obtaining and looking after hawks - not always a straightforward process! If the original text is a bit difficult, then try the 'The Letter Today?' option.

John Paston to Sir John Paston, 21st September 1472

John Paston to Sir John Paston, 16th October 1472

Sir John Paston to John Paston, 4th November 1472

John Paston to Sir John Paston, 24th November 1472