*Warning – This is a highly creative unit of evolution and change, and will therefore do exactly that!
Our topic this term is 'The Renaissance', which aims to embrace an age of new thinking and new worlds. This first terms planning focuses on dramas, characters, murder and mystery, as the Tudor Dynasty is born. The second term drags us out of the darkness and lets light literally lead the way; as we look towards an age of discovery, exploration and innovation - times are changing...
Our Renaissance Education
Our 'Learning Journey' through the Renaissance...
We begin with this painting by Hans Holbein, which epitomises the Renaissance era. What clues does it give us? Who are the men and why have they been chosen as subjects? What are the objects and what can we infer from them? Is there something peeping behind the curtain?...
British History's Greatest Mystery
Inspired by the recent revelations and excavations of Richard the III, we set out to discover the truth behind the 'Princes in the Tower'. This is a mystery that continues to baffle and challenge historians of today (Philippa Langley for one!), so with our detective hats on, and our skills of interrogation primed - we sifted and sorted through an array of historical source material, deciding where on our probability scale of 'truth' our evidence should be placed. It was fascinating to see that despite being given the same evidence, we all interpreted it in different ways. Oh the beauty of conjecture!
Hoorah Hampton Court!
Having celebrated the 500 Years since Cardinal Wolsey – Henry VIII’s trusted adviser - commissioned builders to lay the foundations of Hampton Court Palace; we lay the foundations for our 'Who was the real Henry VIII' investigation. Being one of Britain’s best-loved treasures, famously Henry VIII’s pleasure palace, and the centre of court life for over 200 years, we explored its corridors, kitchens, chapels and debated in Council Chambers, all to help us track the life of Henry's tumultuous reign.
Being steeped in history, we still found playing Tudor games, posing on 'The Queens Stairs', posing by giant mushrooms, and posing, generally - particularly enjoyable! Oh, and can you spot the statue amongst one of our Year 6 photoshoots?!
From our posing to Henry VIII’s posing in our ‘Portraits, Performance and Propaganda’ workshop, we unpicked iconic Tudor Paintings to uncover their truths, looking for clues and inferring detail. Fascinating!
Seven Ages of Henry VIII
Inspired by Shakespeare's 'Seven Ages of Man', we explored the Seven Ages of Henry VIII. Using portraits painted throughout his life and reign, we gather evidence to help us discover the real Henry. We discussed and plotted our facts and possibly fiction, onto a 'Seven Ages Timeline'; deciding and reasoning as to why and where we placed our information. It was really interesting to see which 'Age' had the most evidence and what that told us about Henry VIII and his reign.
Measuring up the Tudors!
From Henry’s fluctuating waistline, to how many pints of ale he drank in a week; to the distance from Eltham Palace to Hampton Court, and the height of the White Tower - we collected an array of mathematical measures, devised word problems and converted! We even made life size Henry VIII’s as he spanned his ‘Seven Ages’. We were amazed!