We had a great day at Manor Lodge on Tuesday! In the morning, we were able to explore the ruins of the grand Tudor hunting lodge. We even saw a Tudor toilet, called a guard robe, in which Ben fit the position of a poo scooper perfectly!
After exploring the ruins, we stepped inside the remaining standing Tudor building (this also allowed us to dry off)! The children met an actual Tudor- Bess of Hardwick- who told us all about her life and the difference between poor and rich people. Some of the children were even clothed and put into character of Tudor’s servants and royalty! We then climbed a narrow staircase to the top of the building where we learnt about a traditional Tudor banquet- this gave us lots of ideas for our own upcoming banquet!
We even had the chance to use a feather quill to write an inventory of what we have in our bedrooms to compare to what a Tudor would own. This was great, although it’s taken a few days to get the ink off our hands!
In the afternoon, we became explorers! We learnt about some famous explorers, such as Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake and how they changed our present lives. We studied Tudor maps and learnt how they thought the seas were filled with monsters! To finish off a brilliant adventure, we were able to create a Tudor purse in class. Watch out for those cutpurses!
Have a look at the gallery below to see some photos of our day!