KEY STAGE 2. HISTORICAL/BRITISH HISTORY COSTUMED WORKSHOPS


Early Civilisations
Ancient Egypt

We meet either Andrew or Angela the Archaeologist who has just discovered Tutankhamen's tomb. Then we travel back in time and meet Nebamum, an ancient Egyptian Architect who is in the process of building a tomb for Tutankhamen, the current Pharaoh of the land. He gives us an insight into his craft and tells us about different aspects of everyday life in Ancient Egypt. Some children will have the opportunity to dress up in Egyptian costume, others in an Egyptian mask. There will be an Egyptian song, an Egyptian dance, and an Egyptian game.



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Henry VIII

We meet Henry VIII as a young man around the time of his divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He plays tennis at Hampton Court, he composes his famous song "Greensleeves", and he teaches the children a Tudor dance. We then meet Henry VIII again as an older man reflecting on the break with Rome and his many marriages. He paints a portrait of his favourite wife. He teaches the children a hunting song called "The Hunt Is Up", he shows the children a hunting horn and then plays a tune on the harpsichord. The actor then appears and tells the children about the costume of Henry VIII and the Tudor Court. There is an opportunity for a child to try on a Tudor costume. We come away with an impression of Henry VIII as a true Renaissance man.

Victorians

A costumed insight into the lives of the rich and poor during Victorian times. We meet Arthur Fairfax, a mill owner, and Tommy Wilkes, an ex-mill worker, who asks the children to help him do some washing using a washboard, and we see the world from their respective points of view. We also meet Obadiah Pitt, the strict school master. He teaches us some lessons... Beware! Two children have the opportunity to write on slates using slate pencils. Finally, we meet Billy Sweeny, a loveable music hall entertainer. Billy teaches us some Victorian songs and tells us a few jokes. Children will be given the opportunity to dress up in costume and to join in with the Victorian songs. They will also be able to handle some Victorian artefacts.

Modern History
World War II

We meet either Tommy or Vera Britten who reminisces about life during World War II from a child's perspective. He talks of the air raids, the Blitz, rationing, evacuation, the Home Guard, land girls and the comrade spirit. He shows us his ration book, a weeks rations, his War Pictorial, and his gas mask and he teaches us some patriotic wartime songs. Two children will be given the opportunity to dress in costume and all children will participate in the singing.


Modern History
Britain Since 1948

We meet Ron Stick, an ageless time traveller, who takes us on a journey through the decades from 1930 to the present day and beyond. We see a different costume from each decade and are shown some artefacts and some slides, accompanied by music from each decade. For example; in the 1940's Ron is returning from war and shows us his gas mask, his ration book and clothing ration book and his National Registration Card and  teaches us two wartime songs. In the 1950's he teaches us a rock and roll dance. In the 1960's he teaches us a song by the Beatles. Ron reminds us of some of the major changes over the past 70 years and gives us a glimpse into what the future may hold.




WORLD WAR 1 HISTORY DAY

The day will begin with our brand new World War I History show which involves the children in many different aspects of Life in the trenches and many World War I songs.
After this the children will be taught an army drill and then they will learn a variety of World war I songs with Robert Vicar accompanying the children on the piano and Suzy Wilson leading the singing. Then, through improvisation, the children will create a brief performance/ assembly to be performed to the rest of the school 
(and invited parents and guests at your discretion), giving a brief but memorable summary of all that they have learnt about World War I. We will also bring in a number of World War I artefacts, some authentic, some representational, for the children to look at and handle. 




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