We enjoyed our second sailing session today and seemed to be very lucky with the weather! Today we practised tying knots and steering the boats.
Please click on the link for the assembly script (the song link is on the script too).
Let me know if I have forgotten anything!
Thanks, enjoy your half term!
Year 4 Weekly Update for week beginning 30.10.17
What another busy week we have had. The children have all been working hard and Miss Green’s class enjoyed their final sailing session today. We would just like to say we have had a fabulous half term, thank you for all your positive feedback at parents evening.
Here’s what’s happening after half term:-
Numeracy: We will be looking at problem solving and sequences. Remember to keep practicing your times tables and Rainbow targets over the holidays.
Literacy: We will be learning about Information texts based on Tudor Crime and Punishment. In Guided Reading we will be researching this too.
History: We will be continuing our research on different areas of Tudor life (Buildings, Food and Clothes). See if you can do any extra research or make any resources for your group film e.g. PicCollage, model making, baking.
PE: Swimming has now finished so children will need outdoor PE kits for those times. We will also be welcoming the Sports Commission for our Games sessions.
Epic Fridays: The children have been told their activities for this terms Epic Fridays. These will begin on the first Friday of next half term. More information to follow.
Mrs Dowding’s class assembly: Children from the class will be able to read through and begin to learn lines (script and song link will be on the blog). Children will also need a Tudor costume for the assembly (let Mrs Dowding know if you are unable to get hold of one as we have spares).
Have a restful and enjoyable half term holiday. We look forward to seeing you all soon!
Year 4 team
We are currently researching all about what the Tudors would wear.
Here are some useful links and information:-
Rich and poor clothes
What did the poor wear?
- Poor people needed clothes to keep warm. They wore any clothes they could find or were given.
- Usually the clothes were made of wool and were very simple.
- The colours were very dull and they were also very cheap.
Click on the link to see Horrible Histories transform a Tudor peasant into a Tudor Lord!
Tudor Ladies had Lots of Different Underwear
- Smock or chemise – a short shift worn under a dress
- Stockings or hose – clothing for legs
- Corset – a garment with bones in it, designed to tighten the waist
- Bodice – a sleeveless vest tightly laced in front
- Farthingale – a linen petticoat with whalebone hoops
- Roll or Rowle – tied around the waist widening the skirt
- Stomacher – a triangular-shaped fabric that holds the dress together
- Petticoat – a long draw-string skirt
- Kirtle – an underskirt
- Forepart – a very decorated underskirt
- Partlet – was a high necked top designed to cover a low-necked dress
It must have taken hours to get dressed!
Want to try for yourself? Click here to play the Tudor Dressing Up game.
Henry VIII – the world’s best dressed monarch?
Henry VIII’s wardrobe featured some of the world’s richest clothes and jewellery. Click on the link to find out more
Tudor streets were not covered with tarmac. When it rained, and especially in winter, the streets would turn to thick mud. Towns and cities were very unhealthy places. There were no proper sewers (except in Bristol) and all kitchen and toilet waste was thrown into the streets where it lay in heaps at street corners. It was very hard to keep your feet clean and dry under these conditions. Shoes were very rarely waterproof so rain, snow and mud, let alone the sewage lying around would have made getting about on foot very unpleasant.
Several types of overshoe were devised to raise the foot further above the ground; these were known as “Pattens”, wooden shoes with blocks underneath which gave extra height to the wearer. They were designed to be slipped on over an ordinary shoe. Pattens first appeared in the 14th century and by Tudor times were worn by everybody. These were very plain, which suggests that they belonged to the poorer classes. Those belonging to a wealthy person would probably have had some decoration on the leather.
We are currently researching all about the different foods that Tudors ate.
Here are some useful links that cover a range of topics:
Where did Tudor food come from?
What did the rich eat?
The link below will take you to a great BBC documentary all about preparing for a Tudor feast. This is one to watch at home as it is quite long!
What was a Tudor kitchen like?
Do you want to bake like a Tudor?
Here are some links to sites that will tell you all about baking in Tudor times:
Below are a selection of links which will take you to Tudor recipes if you want to have a go yourself.
How did the Tudor diet affect people’s health?
Tudor diets weren’t particularly healthy and often caused problems for their health. The water was polluted and could be very harmful, the sweet fatty diet consumed by the rich caused their teeth to rot and the rubbish dumped outside houses encouraged rodents which spread the plague!
We had great fun sailing on Friday, despite the windy conditions to start with!
Click on the link below to see some of us sailing.
Below are some useful links and videos that you may find useful for your area of research. Enjoy!
How were rich and poor homes made?
- One of the most distinctive things about a Tudor house was the black and white effect (see image below), because of their exposed wooden frames. There are many Tudor houses in England, some of which are still being lived in today. The town of Lavenham in Suffolk is famous for its Tudor buildings.
- Many Tudor houses featured a wooden frame (joined together by wooden pegs and not nails), a tall chimney, a steep roof and an enclosed fireplace. The walls between the timber frame were made from wattle and daub, which was wood strips or sticks covered with clay and dung. The walls were often whitewashed.
- Most homes had dirt floors, which were almost impossible to keep clean. People covered the floor with reeds or rushes and replaced them when they became too filthy.
Furniture – rich and poor
- Even rich people did not always have a lavatory. Some castles and palaces did include a toilet, but it was little more than a raised hole in the floor above the moat. The toilet was not private as it is today, but was still called a privy.
- Furniture in Tudor homes was often made of oak and was heavy and not very comfortable. Many people sat on benches and stools, instead of chairs.
- During the late 15th century, glass was expensive and only a few people could afford glass windows. Most people took their windows with them when they moved.
- Only rich people could afford carpets, although they were often hung on the wall, rather than placed on the floor.
- Very rich people in Tudor times liked to have a large garden, often containing a maze, fountains or hedges shaped like animals. Poor people had much smaller gardens and grew their own herbs and vegetables.
- The Tudors followed Italian influence in creating gardens which mirrored the alignment of the house, creating a harmony of line and proportion that had been missing in the Medieval period. For the first time since the Romans left, sundials and statues were once more popular garden ornaments.
- But the most prominent contribution of the Tudors to gardening was the knot garden. Knots were intricate patterns of lawn hedges, usually of box, intended to be viewed from the mount, or raised walks. The spaces between the hedges were often filled with flowers, shrubs, or herbs.
- No Tudor gardens have survived intact, but some of the best examples still remaining can be glimpsed at Haddon Hall (Derbyshire), Montacute House(Somerset), and Hampton Court Palace (near London).
- The latter has reconstructions of Tudor knot gardens, but these were planted in the early 20th century.
- If the Tudors were heavily influenced by Italian ideas the Stuarts were slaves to the French fashion for formal gardens. The chief feature of this French style are a broad avenue sweeping away from the house, flanked by rectangular parterres made of rigidly formal low hedges. The prime survivors of this style can be seen at Blickling Hall (Norfolk), Melbourne Hall (Derbyshire), and Chatsworth House (also Derbyshire).
Wow what a busy week we have had! We had a fantastic trip to Castle Cornet on Monday, yesterday Year 4 really enjoyed watching the production performed by Rhubarb Theatre. Finally, we had some superb presentations from school council election candidates, they should be really proud of themselves for taking part and the effort they went to.
Here’s what’s happening in the coming week:-
History: We will begin a project on another element of the Tudor period. This week will involve researching.
Please click below for a few pictures from our Castle Cornet visit. Ask the children to tell you about some of the artefacts and facts they learnt!
Numeracy: We will be learning about shape and space.
Literacy: Children will be writing their own poems based on the theme ‘Autumn’. The children are invited to have a go at some literacy homework this week. See the link below for more information
Parents’ Appointments; We look forward to seeing you next week. If you have not signed up for an appointment, please email your class teacher to make one. A reminder that Mrs Dowding’s parents should book an appointment with her and if they also wish to speak to Mrs Judd about Numeracy they can book a separate appointment or Mrs Dowding can give feedback.
Google Drive: The children have now been given their own Google Drive login and password. This will be an easy way of children being able to add to work from home and for them to show you some of the work they have been doing. The folders are linked to Class teachers. A reminder that children should all have signed an e-safety agreement for home and school to ensure safe and sensible use of this technology. Let your child show you how to log on.
Tudor Day; Monday 27th November–although a long way off we thought you might like to put this in your diaries. The children will be participating in workshops in the morning and then you are invited to see their work. The children can dress as a rich or poor Tudor for the day. Please ask if you need some ideas.
Epic Friday: Children have made choices today for activities that will be run during 4 Fridays in November. More information to follow!
Halloween disco: A reminder that tickets for the disco go on sale this Monday.
Have a lovely weekend!
Year 4 team
A gentle reminder for children who wish to run for school councillor, please remember your posters and speeches for tomorrow (speeches no longer than 3 minutes).
Any child wishing to apply for the class Digital Leader role needs to complete an application form by Friday. Application forms can be collected from class teachers.
Year 4 Teachers
Please follow the link below to see a video of our second sailing session. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!