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Junior Girls are Tudors for a Day

Monday, 17 May 2010

Bolton School Year 5 girls got to spend a day in the life of a Tudor by taking part in a Hautbois Workshop.

Hautbois are Rick and Helen Heavisides, a lively and talented duo who use music as a vehicle for historical learning. The girls 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 girls 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 - based on the Breughel paintings which the children got to see, and as the finale to their day they learned how to dance a bransle - a peasant dance from the 16th century.

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Junior Girls are Tudors for a Day

The girls dressed in traditional Tudor peasant costume and experienced music and dance from the period

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