Tudor Education 2. Dancing KS2

Rick and Nellie provide a comprehensive package of workshops for schools where the displays employ a cross-curricular approach and are of great relevance to the National Curriculum. In many presentations, the children are given the opportunity to dress in full period costume, listen to the music and debate important issues to enable a deeper understanding of a given period in history.

We have had 30 years experience in working with children, have qualified teacher status and police clearance.

Where all the children are to be costumed, we have a maximum of 20 girls and 20 boys’ outfits per presentation.

During a key stage 2 presentation the children will;

1. experience a cross-curricular approach.
2. handle reproduction and or period artefacts.
3. be encouraged to feel empathy with the events and people of the given period of history.
4. Investigate various aspects of the social and political climates of the time.


Rossett Acre Medieval A

In the light of recent and impending changes to the history curriculum we have been developing a new medieval presentation for key stage 2 based on the Norman Conquest and Norman rule, including: feudalism, Norman culture and the Crusades.

It has been warmly received by schools that book it.

The description of this programme is as follows:

Medieval Castles
Here the children learn how our castles are occupied by French speaking aristocracy who came here with William, Duke of Normandy.

Using music and the Bayeux Tapestry to illustrate the different topics, we cover;

1. Rich and poor – inter-marrying to avoid civil war (aka Stephen and Matilda);
2. The origins of our ancestors;
3. A marriage ceremony between two of the children;
4. A knighting ceremony;
5. The Crusades.
A sample of the children will dress in medieval costume.

The presentation is designed for a class at a time and lasts an hour and a quarter. We can give a maximum 3 presentations in one day.


Tudor Workshops

The children dress in full Tudor peasant costume – based on the Breughel paintings which the children will see as primary evidence.
Learn about Henry VIII and his six wives and his split with the Church of Rome.
Science of sound based on seeing and hearing copies of the instruments played during Tudor times – hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, harp, pipe and tabor and Sagbut.
The children learn the difference between upper and lower class dances and get the chance to dance a bransle – a peasant dance from the 16th century
Learn about words and their origins.
Links are made to many areas of the curriculum, particularly the following:
Science QCA Unit 5F – changing sounds.
History QCA Unit 7, 8 – Why did Henry marry six times: What were the differences between the lives of rich and poor people in Tudor times?
Literacy p.3 The National Literacy Strategy – Children should have
an interest in words and their meanings.
Dance National Curriculum Handbook 6a – performance of dances
from different times.


Victorian Education 2.

Dress in full Victorian costume from different classes of society and soldiery of the Empire.
Look at some of the moral issues concerning Empire building and how the Victorians felt about it.
Discuss emancipation of women and life in the home.
Discuss moods evoked and social comment made by songs of the time.

Links are made to many areas of the curriculum, particularly the following:
History QCA Unit 11 – What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?
Music QCA Unit 19 – Cultural and social significance of lyrics and how mood is portrayed in the writing and performance of these.
PSHE/Citizenship The National Curriculum Handbook –
Many issues are covered in this presentation –
2d, e, k, discussing rights and responsibilities,
cultural issues and media presentation of information.


World War II Education 5-  KS2

Some of the children get chance to dress as various members of the allied and axis forces from the time of the Second World War.
Through music, costume, stories, dances and games of the time we look at various social and political aspects of the War-time period and try to capture the feelings of the people who lived in the first half of the 1940’s.

Links are made to many areas of the curriculum, particularly the following:
History QCA Unit 9 – What was it like for children in the Second World War?
PSHE/Citizenship National Curriculum Handbook 2g – discussing democracy.

Presentations for children in key stage 3 are timed to last between fifty minutes and one hour. They can offer 5 of these in a day. These performances can be augmented or diminished to suit the timetable of the school.

medieval realms 1.- dancing - education ks3

Periods of history covered are:

Medieval Realms
Great War
Second World War

All displays cover many different aspects of each period of history and use various combinations of music, discussion, costume and dance to illustrate the issues concerned.

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