Our next topic in Year 4 will be The Tudors and Shakespeare!

The Tudors are one of the most famous dynasties of kings and queens in British history. Their rule lasted from 1485-1603 and brought about many changes to religion, politics and daily life in England. We will also be looking at the life and work of William Shakespeare who lived during the Tudor era. Shakespeare is one of the most famous writers in the English language. 

We are so lucky that during the Summer Term we will be working with the Primary Shakespeare Company to put together a performance of Act 2 from Macbeth by William Shakespeare. We will be performing it just like the Lord Chamberlain’s Men at a festival alongside other schools from our borough in June!

Each week you will have Curriculum homework which links to our topic posted on Google Classroom. You will be able to use the skills and knowledge from the homework in our lessons!

Homework will commence from Monday 25th April.

Before then, I would like you to find out more about the Tudors and Shakespeare. Use a child-friendly search engine such as Kiddle to answer the following questions as a comment below:

1.) What is Henry VIII, a Tudor monarch, famous for?

2.) What kind of things did William Shakespeare write?

3.) What is something you would like to find out about the Tudors or William Shakespeare?

I hope you had a relaxing Easter break and managed to rest well! I really love this period of history and I am so excited to begin our drama workshops soon!

Mr. Kersys.

20 comments on “The Tudors and Shakespeare Topic

  1. Sophia Maria says:

    1. Henry VII created the church of England and named himself the head of the church after the Pope did not allow him to divorce his first wife Catherine. He is also famous for having six wives (of which 2 were executed, 2 were divorced, one died after giving birth to a male heir and the last one outlived him).

    2. William Shakespeare mostly wrote plays. Some of them are called A Midsummer‘s Night Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest and Richard III. My favourite is Richard III: Richard the III is about a man called Richard who is in line for the throne and then he kills his nephews so he could become king. When he becomes king he kills his wife and his servant because they don’t do what he asks and then he dies on the battlefield. He always believed it is better to be feared than to be loved and some say if you are in a graveyard and you hear the wind howling and whispering, that it is his ghost lurking there.

    3. I would like to find out about William Shakespeare and his place to see if he ever wrote one that is lost but still exists I would also like to find out about Henry Tudor and if he had a relative that did cruel things just as he did and I would like to find out more about his family.

  2. 1. Henry VII was famous for (very unusually) having six wives, creating the Church of England, and also for disobeying the Pope while he was doing so.

    2. William Shakespeare was very well known for writing famous plays, including Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Tempest and Richard III. I find Macbeth the most intriguing (mostly because it’s the only one I saw) because it has a good sense of mystery and an amazing and shocking plot.

    3. I would like to find out if (in the Tudor times) there were some extraordinary people apart from William Shakespeare or Henry the VIII who stood out from everyone else and made a change (could be for the better or for the worse) that was shocking.

  3. 1) Henry VIII was famous for having lots of wives and being the head of the Church of England.
    2) William Shakespeare is famous for writing plays.
    3) I would like to visit Hampton Court and learn more about King Henry VIIIs home.

  4. 1. Henry VIII was a powerful man. He created the church of England, is credited with establishing the Royal Navy and he had six wives.

    2. Shakespeare wrote many plays including Julius Caesar, Macbeth, A Mid Summer Nights Dream and Hamlet.

    3. I would like to learn about what Henry VIII did when he ruled England.

  5. 1. Henry VII is famous for building the Church of England also he had six wives and also for disobeying the Pope.

    2. His 17 comedies include the Merchant of Venice and Much Ado about Nothing. Among his 10 history plays are Henry V and Richard III. The most famous among his tragedies are Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. Shakespeare also wrote 4 poems and a famous collection of sonnets which was first published in 1604

    3. I would really like to know about why Henry VII had 6 wives and why he broke up with so many!!

  6. 1. King Henry VIII was famous for ruling England for a whole 36 years and oversaw sweeping changes that brought about the Church of England. He also married (and, in some cases, killed) six women.
    2. William Shakespeare wrote 37 playscripts – for example, Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. Some of the playscripts were history plays – he has one about Henry VIII, which is one of the ones he collaborated on. He also wrote hundreds of poems, often about love (ewww…). They are often read out at weddings.
    3. I would like to know who the last Tudor king or queen was, and what happened in Shakespeare’s own life.

  7. 1.Henry was famous for being married 6 times.
    2.The things Shakespeare wrote about was about love and tragedy. He also wrote Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth and Hamlet.
    3. The thing I would like to find out is if he liked football.

  8. Sophia Becci 😁 says:

    Henry VIII was a famous British king in the 16th Century. He is most famous for having six wives. A rhyme has been made so we can remember what happened to them; ‘divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, died’. He wanted to have sons and when the queen gave birth to a girl not a boy he got rid of them. His first daughter was called Mary, and his second daughter became the very famous Queen Elizabeth 1st. He had one son called Edward.
    He is also famous because when he wanted to divorce his first wife Catherine of Aragon the Pope wouldn’t give him permission to do so and as a result he broke away from the Catholic Church and he became head of the Church of England.

    William Shakespeare wrote plays and poems in the 16th and 17th Century. He wrote comedies, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and Twelfth Night and tragedies such as Hamlet , Macbeth , Othello and Romeo and Juliet and historical plays such as Richard III.

    I would like to find out more about why Hanry VIII beheaded his wives and about how Shakespeare came up with so many different ideas for his plays, and how long it took him to write them.

  9. 1. Henry VII was a powerful man and charismatic figure; perhaps best known for his tumultuous love life and the establishment of the Church of England that he built and by disobeying the Pope!

    2. William Shakespeare was really good at writing poems and he was really good at writing plays.He was very well known for writing Macbeth,Hamlet,The Tempest and more.My favourite is Macbeth because all of a sudden it will get scary and it is very funny. I also really like how much their is in the past to find out and if their will ever come a end to it!

    3. I would really like to know how old William Shakespeare was when he started writing his plays and how he got the idea of it. I also wonder how how many scripts he wrote.

  10. 1. Henry VIII is famous for having 6 wives, and each one was either divorced, beheaded or died! His wives were Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.

    2. William Shakspere was famous for mostly writing plays that are now very famous, and people always go to theatres to watch them live.

    3. I would like to find out about the mean things that Tudors did and how they did them. I would also like to find out about some of Shakespeare’s plays because they sound very exciting.

  11. 1) King Henry VIII ( 1491 – 1547 ) ruled England for 36 years, presiding over sweeping changes that brought his nation into the Protestant Reformation. He famously married a series of six wives in his search. He was also best known for creating the Church of England.

    2) Willian Shakespeare was know for writing plays, for example, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Henry V and Henry VIII, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Othello, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing and The Merchant Of Venice, (The Tempest is my favourite story from William Shakespeare) and those are most of the stories.

    3) When William Shakespeare wrote the plays did he write it in old English or did he write it in the English we write in?
    Also how long would it take for William Shakespeare to write one play script?

  12. Madeleine Yr4 says:

    1: King Henry VIII(1491-1547) was famous for he established the Church of England. He
    also married six wives.
    2: William Shakespeare was known for his plays. Some plays were Macbeth, Romeo and
    Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear and The Tempest.
    3:I would like to learn anything until its super important and fun.

  13. 1. Henry built the church of England and had 6 wives also was a powerful king!

    2. William Shakespeare wrote 10 history plays are Henry V and Richard III. The most famous among his tragedies are Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. Shakespeare also wrote 4 poems, and a famous collection of Sonnets which was first published in 1609.

    3. From William Shakespeare i would like to know how he was inspired to write plays and poems also know what script we wrote.

  14. 1. King Henry VIII was famous for being King of England, having 6 wives, getting incredibly fat and creating the Church of England.
    2.William Shakespeare mainly wrote for the stage. His works were in many genres , including tragedies, comedies and romances. He also wrote sonnets.
    3. I’m looking forward to finding out what inspired Shakespeare to write and about the Globe theatre which he created.

  15. 1.King Henry was famous for his 6 wife’s and for creating the England church.
    2.William Shakespeare wrote plays and the types of plays he wrote were funny plays,
    sad plays,plays about a real person.
    3.I want to find out why William Shakespeare plays were so popular.

  16. 1. Henry the VIII was famous for creating the church of England and he was a very powerful man and also had six wives called Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn Rober , Anne of Cleves , Catherine Howard. And the last one is Catherine Parr.

    2.William Shakespeare wrote tragedy , comedy and history plays and many poems. Some of William Shakespeare’s plays were called Hamlet , Macbeth , Romeo and Juliet , King Lear and the Tempest.

    3. The things I would like to learn more about William shakespeare if he ever wrote a play that knowone knew existed I would like to know how Henry VIII got his 6 wive if she knew she would get divorced beheaded or just might die.

  17. 1. Henry VIII was famous for having six wives and founding the Church of England so that he was allowed to divorce his first wife. One wife died naturally, one outlived him, two divorced and two were killed.

    2. William Shakespeare wrote many different plays and sonnets. His most famous plays include King Lear, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet.

    3. For the Tudors I want to find out more about King Henry VIII’s family and six wives. I also want to learn about what inspired William Shakespeare to write things.

  18. 1) Henry VIII is most famous for creating the Church of England so he could get divorced, and for having six wives. His split from the Pope started the English Reformation.

    2) William Shakespeare is most famous for writing plays. Three of his most famous plays are Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet. He wrote 39 plays and 154 sonnets.

    3) I would like to learn more about the plays and sonnets and know more of them.

  19. Catherine says:

    1) Henry VII is famous for being the first Tudor King. He is also famous for having six wives and starting the Church of England.

    2) William Shakespeare has written sonnets, poems and plays with different themes. These are divided into tragedies and comedies such as Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, a Midsummer night’s dream and the Tempest.

    3) I would like to find out about other famous Tudors and how they governed England.

  20. 1. He was famous for his 6 wifves and he made the Church of England

    2. He wrote plays like MacBeth, the Tempest, Henry the 8th, Romeo and Juliet

    3. Why did they not like each other?

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