Miss Green’s Class – Tudor Clothes Links

Tudor Clothes

We are currently researching all about what the Tudors would wear.

Here are some useful links and information:-

Rich and poor clothes

What did Tudors wear?                                           

Men and women’s clothes

Dress rich Tudor men and women in clothes you design!

Tudor Clothes

Primary facts

Ladies of the Royal Court





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 Underwear

The Farthingale

Tudor Ladies had Lots of Different Underwear

They wore:

    • 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 Shoes

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.

Miss Golland’s Class – Tudor Food

Tudor Food

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 poor eat?Rich and poor tudors ate very different foods from each other.




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!


Other links:




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!



Tudor buildings – Research links

Tudor buildings

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.

Poor houses

  • 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






Rich houses

  • 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).
  • https://www.hobbies-and-crafts.co.uk/dolls-houses-miniatures/how-to/tudor/the-tudor-era-gardens-and-outside-spaces







Tudor Monarch extras!

Tudor Monarch extras
This homework is optional! It is a bit of fun and could be a family project which carries on the learning we are doing at school! Share our enjoyment of the Tudors-you may learn something!

Bring it in whenever it is ready-there is no time limit!

The children have been busy researching their chosen Tudor Monarch and are now making team posters to show what they have learnt.  For your homework we’d like you to create something to add to the presentation that gives additional interesting facts about the monarch.

The way you present can be as creative as you like e.g. powerpoint, Morpho, a model etc.    

Think about the examples you were shown from last year and look on the blog for links to more creative and imaginative examples.

Many thanks

Year 4

Monarch research

Here are some useful and reliable links that can help you research the Tudor Monarchs. To make your researching more reliable find your facts from 3 different sources before taking it as truth!  Which Tudor Monarch would you like to find out more about?







Happy researching!


Science-Feel the Force!


Year 4 have spent the day exploring forces and friction as part of their feel the force day. They have ridden their bikes, scooters, skateboards etc around the school grounds to find out where it was easier or harder to move.

They then carried out investigations that explored how different surfaces affect how cars and smelly trainers can move and what forces there are acting on parachutes.

We are now going to make a film of our learning.

Here are some useful web links and films to find out more.


Bitesize Science

Science Clips

Physics for kids


The Olaf Challenge!

My frozen ice cube buddies want to come to school, but they’re worried that they will melt in the hot classrooms!  Can you help them?

In your teams in class and over the next 2 weeks, we’d like you to design and make something which will keep Olaf’s ice cube buddies frozen for as long as possible.  You can use any materials you want, but it must be made by you, as a team!  If you need some ideas, you could look at the things you have at home which keep things cold.

  • Research which materials are better and why-use links on the blog, books, own knowledge, other’s knowledge
  • Test out your ideas
  • You need to present findings
  • Design and make your team’s invention
  • Be as creative as you like
  • Use your problem solving skills
  • Work as a team!


We will be holding a competition at the end of the 2 weeks to see which invention keeps the ice cubes the coolest!

Useful Links:-

BBC Science clips


What does a conductor do?

Insulating a beaker

Testing an ice cube

Suggestions for materials

How to make your own Thermos

The science behind a good thermos


What materials are good cold insulators?

The Science:

Heat passes through some materials easily and these materials are called thermal conductors.

Metals usually feel cold to the touch. Metals are good thermal conductors, because heat passes through them quickly.

Heat does not pass through some material such as plastic, oven glove, thermal underwear, cork board and wood. These materials are called thermal insulators.

These thermal insulators are good for keeping heat out as well and in. Some examples of good insulators are – a thermos – keeps hot things hot and keeps cold things cold, cooler – keeps the heat out and keeps the inside cool, and a polystyrene cup keeps the heat in and keeps it hot.

Remember that a good insulator is a poor conductor. 

Insulators often contain pockets of trapped air like feathers on a bird and fur on animals to keep them warm. 

Heat loves to travel and will travel from a warmer material to a colder material. The heat will only travel from hot things to colder things and never the other way around.