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Tudors Brought to Life for Pupils

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Bolton School Year 5 boys joined the Year 5 girls at Hesketh House for a Hautbois Workshop where they spent a morning in the life of a Tudor peasant!

Hautbois are Rick and Helen Heavisides, a lively and talented duo who use music as a vehicle for historical learning. The pupils got to dress in full period costume, listen to the music, handle artefacts, and debate important issues of the time to enable a deeper understanding of the Tudor period.

The workshop employed a cross-curricular approach with elements of Science, Literacy, History, Music and Citizenship incorporated. The pupils got to learn about Henry VIII and his six wives, his split with the Church of Rome, the dissolution of the monasteries and reformation of the Church, along with the differences between the lives of the rich and the poor in Tudor times.

They learned about Tudor words and their origins and about the science of sound based on seeing and hearing copies of the instruments played during Tudor times including the hurdy-gurdy. They each dressed in traditional Tudor peasant costume and as the finale to their day they learned how to dance a traditional peasant dance from the 16th century.

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