Jousting and falconry on the timetable at Uckfield school

Jousting, banqueting and falconry were on the timetable at Manor Primary School, Uckfield, yesterday as Year 1 children immersed themselves in a Tudor world.

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Children from the Year 1 Sapphires class at Manor Primary School are being watched by Bilbo, a Euroasian eagle owl as Henry VIII, alias deputy head teacher Peter Ediss carries Treacle a barn owl on his arm. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

They dressed up for the occasion and knights, ladies and serfs were to be seen enjoying themselves in the presence of kings – at least two King Henry VIIIs.

The day was organised as children in Diamond and Sapphire classes were learning about the Tudor monarch, whether he was a good or bad king and about the impact he had on the nation.

They looked at what he did, how he set up the Navy, led the Church of England and they heard about his six wives and what happened to them.

The children also listened to Tudor music, danced and tried their hands at archery.

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Treacle the barn owl looks ready for a nap.

One of the highlights was a visit by birds of prey, in recognition of the fact that Henry VIII was one of the first people to support falconry: the hunting of live prey with birds.

Among the visitors were Blue, a Gia Saker falcon; Bilbo a Eurasian eagle owl and Treacle a barn owl.  Three of the birds sat on perches around a classroom before being taken outside to fly, while friendly Treacle almost fell asleep on her handlers arm.

She woke up to be star of the show when one of the school’s Henry VIIIs, deputy head teacher, Peter Ediss, had the honour of holding her as the Sapphires class posed for a picture.

More pictures from the Tudor day at Manor Primary School can be seen in the gallery below. Just click on one of the pictures to enlarge it and scroll through them all.

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