history: the tudors



The Tudors is one of my favourite periods of history to teach; there is so much drama and scandalous behaviour!  A couple of years ago, I taught a Year 5 class and we kicked off the topic by learning about the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.  As you may well know, this marriage spawned the Tudor dynasty, as represented by the Tudor Rose.


The children created Tudor roses by drawing and cutting out card templates of each section of the rose (larger and smaller petals x 5, larger and smaller leaves x 5 plus a circle for the centre).  I provided those children who struggle with drawing accurately, a template to work from.

I then provided them with a wide range of red, white, green and gold fabrics, papers and cards to cut out and glue onto a large, circular card base.

If we’d had the time I’d have asked the children to embroider decoration onto their roses…next time!

We then proceeded to study portraits of the key members of the Tudor royal family.


I took photos of each child posing as a Tudor royal and then turned them into black and white images.  Then, using Paint computer software, the children downloaded their photos and added Tudor costumes and other details to transform themselves into Tudor Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses.  I was amazed by their attention to detail and we were all thrilled with the results!


 To complete the family tree display, children made feather quills and wrote the name of their character in Tudor-style writing using ink, to go alongside short biographies they had written.