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Tudor task for Years 3 and 4

Over half term, pupils in Years 3 and 4 were set an explorer homework challenge. The brief? To produce something wonderful and exciting relating to the exciting Tudor period of history.  Mrs Fisher was delighted to see some really inventive work, including Tudor cakes, clay models, word searches, projects and PowerPoint presentations. Two of the children visited Tudor buildings (Hampton Court and Strangers Hall).  Each pupil received ten merits for their efforts. Well done!

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Recording mini-beasts and building the Mary Rose

During their science lessons Year 4 have been using our wonderful grounds to identify and record mini-beasts. We are now going to use this data to create our own branching databases to classify each insect.Year 4 scienceAs part of their Tudor topic in History lessons they have also been busy making 3D pictures of Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose.

They started by sketching the ship, then used cardboard and paper mache to build up the hull. Next they used kebab and cocktail sticks for the masts, small yoghurt pots for the crow’s nest and wool for the rigging, before finally painting their vessels.

Watch out for their creations in the Upper Prep’s upcoming production of ‘Pirates and the Curry Bean’!

Mrs SinclairMary Rose in progress!finished mary rose



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Year 5 and 6 trip to Oxburgh Hall

Years 5 and 6 visited Oxburgh Hall last week, a 15th century moated manor house, as part of their studies on the Tudors this term.

Sarah Kendall (Year 5) wrote about the day:

” (the big house)….has been lived in for generations by the Beddingfield family. They still live in it today. In the house I saw some beautiful golden wallpaper and lots of big portraits. Some were of the Beddingfield family and some of long distant relatives. In one room we saw a flying tester, which is a bed held up with two chains, so it looks like it is floating.

“I really enjoyed my day and I hope to visit Oxburgh Hall again.”

Jack Barrett (Year 5) also took this wonderful photo of the hall.