Southwark Cathedral Educational Visit

image image image imageThe children learned all about the work and life of monks during King Henry VIII’s reformation through role play.

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We also learned all about the illuminated manuscripts that the monks scribed and had a go at scribing our own names using a goose feather quill and ink. It wasn’t as easy as it looks!


We even managed to fit in a quick visit to the Tudor galleon, the Golden Hinde II.  Queen Elizabeth I’s subject, Sir Francis Drake used this ship to explore the new world and establish the Tudor empire.


Christmas Concert Song, ‘Good King Wenceslas’ Lyrics and Youtube Link

Harmony/ Descant

Verse 1 Descant Lyrics:

Brightly shone the moon that night,

Poor man gath’ring winter fuel.

Verse 2 Descant Lyrics:

Paige and monarch forth they went,

Through the rude wind’s wild lament.

Good King Wenceslas Verses 1, 3 & 5


Good King Wenceslas looked out

On the Feast of Stephen

When the snow lay ’round about

Deep and crisp and even

Brightly shone the moon that night

Though the frost was cruel

When a poor man came in sight

Gath’ring winter fuel.


“Bring me flesh and bring me wine

Bring me pine-logs hither

Thou and I shall see him dine

When we bear them thither.”


Page and monarch, forth they went

Forth they went together

Through the rude wind’s wild lament

And the bitter weather.



In his master’s step he trod

Where the snow lay dinted

Heat was in the very sod

Which the Saint had printed

Therefore, Christian men, be sure

Wealth or rank possessing

Ye, who now will bless the poor

Shall yourselves find blessing.

Past Time with Good Company Lyrics and Music

Past Time Melody

Past Time Harmony

Past time with good company

I love, and shall until I die

Grutch who lust, but none deny

So god be pleased thus live will I

For my pastance

Hunt, sing and dance

My heart is set;

All goodly sport

For my comfort

Who shall me let?


Youth must have some dalliance

Of good or ill some pastance

Company methinks then best

All throughts and funcies to digest

For idleness is chief mistress

Of vices all… than who can say

But mirth and play

Is best of all?

4S Drop Caps by Sylvia and Abel

In 4S we have been exploring drop caps in our wonderful art classes with Miss Skene. They are decorative capital letters used normally to start a chapter in a book. Here are some examples:

Image result for kawaii drop capsatermellon             Image result for kawaii drop capsImage result for tudor drop caps e   ach person had to choose whether to do a Tudor one or one showing their personality. We are writing our names with our drop caps at the beginning. We have started sketching out our designs in our art books.  Soon we will use a piece of cartridge paper with our final names on. We hope you have learnt something from our blog.




Tudor portraits

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In art we have been drawing pictures of other children in our class dressed up as Tudor people. First, we sketched the outline of the face and their eyes, mouth and nose using yellow pastel. Next, we started to colour beginning with the lightest colour.

4S Macbeth Witch Spell

Abel , Sylvia and Maita acting out Macbeth Witches' spell
Abel , Sylvia and Maita acting out Macbeth Witches’ spell.

At the beginning of November we were writing spells related to the Witches‘ one in the play Macbeth by Shakespeare.  We also had to perform it and write it down on post it notes.

Things we needed to remember to do whilst acting are:

  • Project your voice
  • Emphasise certain words
  • Be in character,but not silly
  • Remember your lines
  • Believe in yourself (self-belief)
Spell on "Post It" notes.
Spell on “Post It” notes.

Macbeths Witches


In Literacy we have been learning and acting Macbeth and the Witches. We have made up our own spells with rhymes and choruses. We started off thinking of the best crazy ingredients and we put them in our spells. Examples;( guts of an elephant,eyeballs of  a snail, liver of a crocodile, slime of slugs.)

We thought of rhymes and verses to put in our spell.We practised performing our spell and we gave each other parts.