Junior School Children Step Back In Time To Tudor Britain
The climax to Y5s History topic on the Tudors was a brilliant Tudor Experience Day at Burghley House on 24th June. All 62 children and the staff dressed as Tudors for the day, with some wonderful costumes. They travelled to Burghley House in a double decker bus and then, at the end of the day, walked back through the parkland. They were a sight to behold for visitors at Burghley House and for passing traffic on their walk back!
Exciting activities included a presentation on William Cecil and on the symbolism used in the painting of portraits. For example, if a person is shown with a dog, it means the sitter is a trustworthy and loyal person. There was a re-enactment of dining at the Tudor table, for both the rich and the poor, and a tour of beautiful Burghley House itself. The pupils then made a visit to the Garden of Surprises, followed by a picnic lunch in the Sculpture garden.
The children had a brilliant time. Pupil Francesca Gardner commented “I have learnt a lot from Burghley House and I certainly know more about the Tudors than I did before. I enjoyed learning about the Tudors, but I wouldn’t want to be one!”