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Tudor Dance


This term Pine Class have been learning about Tudor music and entertainment. Back in Tudor times music and dance were the highlight of any banquet or event.

We have found out that King Henry himself was an avid collector of recorders and wrote songs and pieces of music.


We compared dance moves from the Tudor period to those we know today. We decided that the Tudors had slower dances due to the fashion of the times and the fact that male courtiers would usually wear swords, which could have led to injuries had the dances been more lively!


Her are some photographs of us learning a dance called the Pavan, to Pastimes with Good Company, which was one of Henry VIII's favourite tunes.



The Pavan

In Term 2 we will be learning about the Tudors, with a specific focus on the relationship between King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. We will look into the reasons why Henry sentenced Anne to be executed and hold debates about whether this was justified or not. 

During the term we will also be reading 'The Executioner's Daughter' which is a historical story based on facts about events during the Tudor period, with a fantasy twist!


Queen Anne Boleyn

What kind of man would order the execution of his wife?

Could she have really deserved this?


Travel back in time to the 1500's and meet the Terrible Tudors, a forceful family that changed our history.


Discover the Tudor court of King Henry VIII where dancing and singing go hand in hand with fast falls from favour- and even faster falling of heads!

Week beginning 28th October- History / Reading

To start off our Learning Journey all about the Tudors we learned about The Battle of Bosworth and the War of the Roses. When Henry VII won the battle he became the new king and the Tudor era began.

We used a variety of websites to label key events during the era and also reflected back on our prior learning in history adding periods before the Tudors and after, that we had already studied.


Moving on from this we found our about the Tudor Family Tree, looking at future Kings and Queens of England and Henry VIII's six wives and children.


We then used these facts along with information from our guided reading sessions to create our own Tudor Family Trees for our Learning Journey Books.


Below are some photographs of our class family tree and some of our independent work.


Week Beginning 4th November


This week in Science we have started learning all about Living Things and their habitats by completing an investigation called  'Why do Birds Lay Eggs?'

To start off with we looked at different species of birds and found differences between the males and females. Some of the matches were easy, while we found others a little tricky.


We noticed that female birds tended to have duller feathers and plumage, while the males were brighter. Some of us were able to identify that this may be to camouflage the bird whilst it is incubating its eggs, or rearing its chicks.

Nesting Pheasant

After this we each chose a bird to research. We had to find out hat the male and female of the species looked like, when their breeding season was and how many eggs they laid.

Below are some examples of our findings.

We then went on to find out more about eggs. First we looked carefully at an egg using a magnifying glass. We then sketched the eggs and labelled the shell. We found out that shells had pores to let out carbon dioxide and let in oxygen. We learned how chickens produce eggs and finally what all of the parts of an egg are and their functions.


Here are some of our completed labelled scientific sketches.

Week Beginning 11.11.19


In Geography we have been using modern day maps of London along the River Thames to find locations, buildings and landmarks that existed in Tudor times and are still standing today. 

We used coloured stickers to help create keys under our maps. Any places that we were unable to plot we researched further on the internet and wrote down the county it could be found in.



This week's lesson was all about Henry and his wives. We learned about the order of his six marriages and the fate of the queens. This embedded our learning from previous Guided Reading research and group presentations.