Birds of prey, jousting and archery go down well at Manor Primary School

Children at Manor Primary School, Uckfield, stepped back in time to the Tudor era yesterday and sampled the lifestyle of Henry VIII.

Year One pupils were on a learning journey called Risky Royals which focussed on King Henry’s interests including banqueting, hunting with birds of prey, archery and other Tudor sports such as jousting, sword fights, tennis and skittles.

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Year One Sapphire class at Manor Primary School in Tudor dress with teaching assistant Mrs Lisa Blake holding Blue a saker falcon, member of support staff Mrs Risita Smetham, and teacher Miss Ellen Heaon with Luna, a dark crested barn owl.

There were hobby horses, which the girls rode side-saddle, and on the menu at a banquet were peas pottage, boiled ham, and gingered bread as a dessert (not gingerbread as we know it today). There was a spiced non-alcoholic wine too.

Every child fired an arrow from a bow, with the help of Allan Strong, who came in to share his knowledge of archery, and they were able to hold a bird of prey too, either Blue, a seven-year-old saker falcon, or Luna a dark crested barn owl which is just a few months old.

The birds came from Willows Bird of Prey Centre at Knockholt.

Year One, Diamonds, teacher Lisa Eagle said the children had been learning about Henry VIII for the whole term, with subjects linked through the topic, whether English, history, dance or PE.

She said the aim was to make sure learning was fun for the children and they certainly seemed to enjoy the special day of events which brought the Tudor era to life.

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