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. The children are given the opportunity to 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.
During a key stage 2 presentation the children will typically;
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.
MEDIEVAL KEY STAGE 2 PRESENTATION
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.
Two children dress in full Tudor peasant costume – based on the Breughel paintings which the children will see as primary evidence.
The children 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.
The children 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.
WORLD WAR II
Through music, stories, and dances 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.
KEY STAGE 3
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.
Periods of history covered are:
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.