To begin our brand-new adventure we were surprised to receive an email from a lady working at Temple Newsam in Leeds. In the email she spoke of a strange discovery they had made over the Christmas holidays: an incomplete family tree. On the family tree some of the children recognised King Henry VIII. In the email we were asked to help discover who the missing people could have been and inform them at Temple Newsam when we had found out.
Getting straight on with the task, the children first completed a Burn 2 Learn to order key events from the Tudor period (as we learnt that King Henry VIII was a Tudor). They then wrote this up into their own timeline. Following this the children found out all about the Tudor rose which rose to significance around the time of Henry’s father (Henry VII). We could now fill in the first person on the family tree!
We then decided to delve further into the life of King Henry VIII as we thought this may give us more clues as to who the other people are. The children wrote a character description of Henry walking into a Tudor banquet. They imagineered being Henry and thought about how he would walk, what he might say and how he might act. Using this, and some work on fronted adverbials, they wrote their character descriptions.