Drawing on a project-based approach to teach about Tudor values Jen Ager, a Year 5 teacher at High Hesket Primary School in Cumbria, immerses her class in a week-long project-based approach looking at Tudor values. Exploring the period, the class handle Tudor artefacts, listen to accounts from Tudor sailors and fire their imaginations by going out into the Cumbrian countryside to empathise with exposed explorers. The class cook and eat hard tack (sailors’ food) and learn about the nutritional value of weevils! Jen provides plenty of original sources for the class to analyze and even invites (via web-link) an expert from London’s National Maritime Museum to visit her classroom. This is a fully cross-curricular lesson.

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