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THE CLEANSING OF CONSTANCE BROWN presented by STAN'S CAFE
@ A E Harris, 1st - 19th March, 18.30 & 20.30 (running time 70min)
(no perfs. Sundays or Mondays)
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In the 2012 - 2013 academic year we worked with Year 4 to create a Tudor Board Game. In the 2013 - 2014 we decided to try something different and focussed our Tudor Week work on discovery and exploration during the Elizabethan period.

On Monday morning the students were given a quick lesson in etiquette and bowing technique in preparation for the arrival of a special visitor. As they lined up in the school hall Queen Elizabeth I herself arrived amid much fanfare and excitement. She delivered a stirring speech to her Billesley subjects in which she described how great and powerful her nation had become. She then set them a challenge - to find a ship, assemble a crew and to set sail around the world in search of new lands, goods to trade and Spanish gold.

The children then made paper boat hats on which they could record all their activities and adventures during the week. They wrote persuasive letters to potential sponsors to raise money for their voyage and researched what items might be found on an Elizabethan ship.

On the third day they measured out the dimensions of the Golden Hind in the playground and were welcomed on board by a couple of salty old sea dogs who gave them a graphic description of the hardships of life on a ship. The following day Sir Francis Drake himself visited school accompanied by one of his sailors. They described the many adventures they had had whilst circumnavigating the globe.

The students then made some audio recordings based on what they had discovered during the week. The results of this can be heard here on The Billesley Blog



Devised by:Craig Stephens
Led by:Rochi Rampal and Graeme Rose
Photos: Ming De Nasty

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