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Youngsters travel back in time to enjoy life as a Tudor child

PUBLISHED: 13:34 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:34 26 September 2018

Pupils at Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles enjoyed spending the day as a Tudor child. Pictures: Albert Pye Primary School

Pupils at Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles enjoyed spending the day as a Tudor child. Pictures: Albert Pye Primary School

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Pupils stepped back in time to learn more about a “fascinating period” in British history.

Pupils at Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles enjoyed spending the day as a Tudor child. Pictures: Albert Pye Primary SchoolPupils at Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles enjoyed spending the day as a Tudor child. Pictures: Albert Pye Primary School

Year 6 pupils at Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles had an “exciting and educational time” as they spent the day as Tudors in a “magnificent setting.”

Pupils at Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles enjoyed spending the day as a Tudor child. Pictures: Albert Pye Primary SchoolPupils at Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles enjoyed spending the day as a Tudor child. Pictures: Albert Pye Primary School

With the youngsters currently studying the Tudors and Stuarts at the school in Frederick’s Road, Beccles there was an opportunity to learn more about life as a Tudor child as the pupils spent a day at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford.

Pupils at Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles enjoyed spending the day as a Tudor child. Pictures: Albert Pye Primary SchoolPupils at Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles enjoyed spending the day as a Tudor child. Pictures: Albert Pye Primary School

A school spokesman said: “This week the Year 6 pupils spent the day as a Tudor child in the magnificent setting of Kentwell Hall.”

The visit “provided inspiration and an interactive way” for the children to learn more about “this fascinating period of British history.”

Adults and pupils dressed in costume, and spoke only in Tudor language during the visit, which “helped to recreate an authentic atmosphere as we travelled back in time for a day,” according to the school spokesman.

The children were shown numerous aspects of life in a Tudor manor including cooking, baking bread, making cheese and butter, herbal medicines, music and dance. Tudor weapons were demonstrated by the archers with their longbows and the guards with their muskets.

“Year 6 pupils were also fascinated by the camera obscura and the work of the strange Alchemist in the woods!” the school spokesman added.

One of the pupils said: “We arrived at the gates and were greeted by a guard holding a Tudor gun. He showed us how and where to put the gunpowder and then fired. The loudness of it made my friend, Emily, jump as it was really loud and sounded like an explosion.”

Another youngster added: “In the bakery we learnt how they made common bread and white bread. We were allowed to knead the dough and to press the flour through a cloth to separate the brown and white flour.

“In the kitchen they were cooking doves for a pie, which at the time were being plucked, livers, pottage and, most deliciously of all, apple fritters.”

The pupils and staff said the day was “fantastic” and the Hall even better as they added: “Kentwell Hall is a great place for a day trip.”

Staff thanked all the parents for their support with this event, as the school spokesman added: “The pupils’ costumes were fantastic.”

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