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The Tudors

Interactive History School Visits, Workshops and Learning Activities

Let us bring the WOW factor into your classrooms with our fun and informative Tudor learning days.  Find out about how life changed from the time of Henry VII through to the end of the reign of his granddaughter, Elizabeth I.  We can bring to life these topics with our interactive workshops throughout the day.

We love working with primary and secondary schools across Sussex, Surrey and Kent on their Ks1, Ks2 and Ks3 history curriculum topics.

 

The Tudors

In 1485 when Henry Tudor beat Richard III at The Battle of Bosworth he became King Henry VII.  This was the last of the true medieval battles fought in our country.  His son, Henry VIII, is famous for having six wives and making England a Protestant country.  His grandchildren, Edward and Mary, only reigned for a short time before their deaths and it was Queen Elizabeth I who became the Virgin Queen during the final years of the Tudor dynasty. 

 

"My favourite part was how they took people's teeth out"

- Student, Sussex

 

Artefacts Created for Workshops

For our Tudor school visits we have researched and recreated the following artefacts for use during your day:

 

  • Full sets of plate armour and the equipment of a longbow man as would have been used at The Battle of Bosworth.
  • The weapons they would have carried in to battle, the swords, axes, spears and daggers as well as the poleaxes and other similar weapons used for hand-to-hand combat on foot.
  • The longbows and arrows used to such devastating effects during the last battles of The Wars of the Roses.
  • Samples of the plate armour that would have been used in the armour of these warriors.  The iron and weapon steel that would have been used to make their swords, spears, lances, war hammers, poleaxes and axes.
  • The very different uniforms, armour and weapons that would have been used by an English noble and common soldier at the time of The Armada.  See how guns in battle made suits of armour redundant.
  • A prop bombard, a very early design of cannon, that we can ‘fire’ using our safe pyrotechnic charges.
  • The fine court costumes that would have been worn by rich aristocrats in the courts of both Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth.
  • The medical equipment that would be used by a Tudor apothecary/surgeon if you had to make a visit to the doctor.
  • A full set of fur-on skins and skulls to represent the animals that the nobles would have hunted in their free time including bear, wolf, fox, badger, otter, beaver, lynx and roe, fallow and red deer.
  • The corn querns used for grinding down grain into flour.
  • A flint and steel fire lighting kit to make fire the old way.

 

 

Activities Agenda

During Tudor history workshop your class will:

 

  • See teachers dressed in full plate armour as would have been worn at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and one of the archers who would have fought in Henry Tudor’s army.  Look at the poleaxe and war hammer and the famous longbow and the arrows it shot to such devastating effect.  Which would you prefer to be - the knight in 35kg of plate armour or the lightly armoured archer?
  • Learn how the soldiers on campaign would have lived in the camp with their families and how they would have had to forage for most of their food from the countryside around them.
  • Go outside for a fire lighting demonstration and to witness how high and far a traditional longbow can shoot.  Don’t forget they would have used their bows for hunting as well as fighting and that the nobles would hunt for sport as well as supplying meat for their households.
  • Enjoy a handling session with the animal furs of everything from a wolf, wild boar to a bear and roe, fallow and red deer. Then a fun quiz where your students try to match 5 furs and 5 skulls with 5 pictures of different animals follows.
  • Everyone can have a turn on the corn querns that would have been used in everyday life and get a feel for what hard work it is to mill flour. All part of life's ‘daily grind'!
  • See your teachers being dressed as a rich officer and a poor soldier at the time of The Armada in Queen Elizabeth’s reign.  Guns on the battle field made full plate armour useless and far too risky for the rich noble to fight at the front of the battle.  The poor ‘cannon fodder’ had to take all the punishment now!
  • All students  get a chance to try on the helmets and breastplates we have made to fit them and to carefully hold the weapons that the soldiers from all periods of the Tudors would have used.  A great opportunity for the school camera!
  • Visit the Tudor doctor and see how he uses a urine sample to diagnose what is wrong with his patient (your teacher!) before he operates on his/her badly injured lower left leg.  A gory amputation that always seems to be very popular!  What does the doctor use leeches and maggots for?
  • See your teachers being dressed as a rich noble and his wife at King Henry VIII’s court.  Then learn how important good manners were in the court with our lessons in how to bow and curtsy properly and how important it is to shake hands with your right, sword, hand only
  • Take part in a question and answer session to finish the visit and reinforce the day's learning.

 

 

"A fun and informative day was had by all"

- Teacher, Worcestershire

 

History Resources Box

To enable you to make the most of our visit we provide a History Resources Box* filled with interesting items from your chosen time period absolutely free. This complimentary box will arrive one month prior to your booking and we will collect it at the end of our visit. (Or you can choose to have it for one month after our workshop.) Boxes might include various items from arrow heads and clothing to fire lighting flint and steel, plus all those little items they needed for every day living. Teachers have found these resource boxes brilliant for helping with their programmes of work and lesson plans.

*We regret we can only provide History Resources Boxes to schools within a 10 mile radius of our location at this time (Horam, East Sussex).

 

Full Day or Half Day School History Workshops

School visits can be booked for: 
Full Day 09:00 AM - 15:15 PM* - £550+ VAT 
Half Day 09:00 AM - Lunch (For schools within 15 mile radius of TN21 only) - £375+ VAT

Mileage fees of .50p plus VAT per mile will apply to schools that are beyond a 15 mile radius of TN21. 

*You may choose to cover 2 different time periods in a full day as a cost-effective way to teach different year groups on the same visit.

Don't forget we cover a whole range of historic periods from Stone Age to WW2. 


Contact us  today and also ask us to put together a special Bespoke History Day.  We have just done one called "The Plague and the Fire of London" and another focusing on "Thomas à Becket and Henry II".

We are based in Horam, near Eastbourne in East Sussex and typically work with schools across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.