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Thursday, 19 May 2011
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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