Term 4 Topic
OFF WITH HER HEAD
Inspired by our Book - Spymaster(first Blood) -Let’s travel back in time to meet the terrifying Tudors.
This half term, we’ll start by visiting Hampton Court Palace the residence of King Henry VIII - and ask the question...
What sort of man would order the beheading of his wife? - Was she really that bad?
Come with us as we travel back in time to the 1500s and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history.
Let's discover an opulent court where dancing and singing goes hand in hand with swift falls from favour - and even swifter falling of heads!
We'll develop our painting skills in miniature, solve riddles and protect our necks with a large white ruff.
Come with us as we flex our detective muscles and become criminal investigators. Can we find out the facts or will the evidence from the past just bemuse us? It's our turn to take part in one of the most famous trials the world has ever known.
During this half term, we’ll meet a very important figure from history who will give us a problem to solve. Online research will help us to write biographies about influential people of the period, and we’ll use source materials to create a Tudor timeline. Tudor portraits will provide us with the inspiration to create royal paintings; we’ll look at a courtly dance and compose Tudor music. Our geography skills will help us to compare maps of Tudor London to present day London and plot Anne Boleyn’s journey to her execution. Internet research will help us learn more about Henry’s life, his marriages and his break from the Roman Catholic church.
Help your child prepare for their project
The Tudors were a domineering dynasty who changed the course of history. Why not visit a local museum to learn more about Tudor times? You could also visit a town with Tudor architecture. Look out for black and white, timber-framed buildings. They will be easy to spot! Or visit your local library to find out more about this fascinating family.
What will you choose to do at home?
- Paint or draw a portrait of someone in your family. What objects or symbols could be included to show the person’s character? Embellish the picture with different materials to add interest and texture.
- What can you find out about Anne’s family and her childhood? Put your findings in a presentation to show your class.
- Make sketches of Tudor costumes for children and adults, rich and poor. Use websites and books from your local library to find out about garments, styles and decorative details.
- Make a model of the Tower of London – or perhaps an instrument of torture, complete with fake bloodstains!
- Design a Tudor snakes and ladders-style board game, with pitfalls and lucky breaks on the way to freedom from the Tower!
- Make a Tudor brooch, ring or headdress. Take a photograph of yourself wearing your item in your most stately pose!
- Hold a heated debate in your family about house rules. Video the event, take a vote and record the results. Was there a worthy winner?
- Do you have horrible humour? Write some ‘knock-knock’ or ‘what do you call a...?’ jokes about grisly Tudor facts. Present a jester-style stand-up performance for your class.
- Find and copy examples of monarchs’ signatures. Can you create a magnificent, Tudor-style moniker of your own with a signature to match?
- Visit your local library or museum (or both!) and find out about your area in Tudor times. Are there any maps, buildings or artefacts from that era? Create a scrapbook or poster of photos, leaflets and any other information you discover.
- Research online to discover more about Tudor buildings. Find out about the jetties, styles of chimney, and wattle and daub. Why were the walls white and the timbers black? Record your findings using appropriate software on a single side of paper with illustrations and notes.
- Tudor times were a great period of sea voyages and global exploration. Find out the names of some Tudor explorers and the new products they brought home. Be creative in how you record your results.
A timeline chronicling the reign of the Tudor monarchs.
Suitable for very able readers, this comprehensive site provides information about various subjects including Henry VIII and his wives, daily life in Tudor Britain and Elizabeth I.
NOTE: There are references to Henry’s extra-marital partners and illegitimate children, so it is advised that each section is screened before it is watched by your child.
A variety of resources including quizzes, images, eyewitness accounts and Anne Boleyn’s speech at her execution.
A selection of short videos covering important aspects of Tudor and Stuart history.
The life of Henry VIII
A timeline of the life of Henry VIII.
An information page about the life of Henry VIII and a very brief summary of his wives.
A timeline of events leading to the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
A Horrible Histories video of a catchy song explaining the Reformation.
Detailed information about the life and death of Thomas Cromwell. Suitable for teachers.
Information, images and a video about the life of Thomas Cromwell.
Hans Holbein the Younger
Information and images from the National Gallery about the famous court painter.
A commercial site where paintings and sketches by Holbein can be viewed.
The life and death of Anne Boleyn
Information about the life of Henry VIII’s second wife.
A collection of letters written by Anne Boleyn to a variety of people, including Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and Cardinal Wolsey.
Tudor crime and punishments
A website which outlines different laws and punishments during Tudor times.
NOTE: Some children may be sensitive towards the information included on this site.
A selection of eight sound clips including Tudor songs, dances and instrumental music.
A two-minute video exploring Tudor dance.
Sheet music and dance steps forPastime with Good Company, written by Henry VIII.
A collection of articles and videos about Hampton Court Palace, take from the BBC Two programmeBritain’s Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court, shown in 2016.
Note: This website contains a video about the death of Jane Seymour, suggesting that she had a caesarean section.
Links to information about six important royal palaces including Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London.
Information and images explaining the history of Hampton Court Palace from the time of Henry VIII to the present day.
Mary, Queen of Scots
A short biography of Mary, Queen of Scots, suitable for teachers.
A detailed timeline of the life and death of Mary, Queen of Scots.