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Kempsey Primary School

To learn with respect and belief; to challenge, create and dream!



Today we will be looking at one of the Tudor monarchs Henry VIII, his six wives and you will also learn all about the Reformation and Martin Luther


As usual, you can pause, rewind and replay the video as many times as you like. As you go through the lesson, you will be asked to answer some questions by writing in full sentences, filling in the blanks as well as multiple choice questions.


The final task asks you to consider why Henry VIII decided to split from the Roman Catholic Church to change the religion of the people of England.  You can draw out the table and organise the statements in your yellow exercise book or if you have access to a printer there is a document below that you can download to cut out the statements and organise them into the table provided. 


There are also some Horrible Histories videos about Henry VIII you can watch here

The Medieval Knowledge organiser referred to in each lesson is included above again this week. Below is a link to a video showing how to learn facts using the Leitner system.


You may wish to challenge yourself to learn by heart the dates that these British mornarchs reigned or other key facts by creating your own flashcards from the knowledge organiser or any extra research you might have done inspired by these history lessons. Good luck!


In this lesson, our focus will be on the monarchs who followed or succeeded Henry VIII, in particular the reign of Elizabeth I

The final task asks you to consider why Elizabeth I was not a 'weak and feeble queen' and to write a paragraph in argue this. Remember to back up your argument with all the facts you have learnt today. You might want to rewatch the video, pause it and take notes and you could also use some of these sentence starters or phrases in your writing:

  • because ...
  • Firstly/ Secondly/ Thirdly/ In addition/ Finally ...
  • For example/ For instance ...
  • This shows/ demonstrates that ...
  • It is clear that ...
  • In fact ...


For the rest of the week we are moving on to look at Buddhism. In today's session we will learn all about the life of Siddhartha Gautama and his journey to enlightenment

You will asked to answer some questions through the lesson and your final task is to create your own story map of the events in Siddhartha Gautama's life that led to enlightenment. 


The video will show you how you can do this in your exercise book or if you have access to a printer, you can download the story map template below. There is also a document with pictures of each of the eight key parts of Gautama's life with statements that need to be reorganised into the right order, if you prefer to cut these out to create your story map. 


In today's lesson we will be learning about the teachings of the Buddha (Dharma) and the book that these were recorded in (the Tipitaka) as well as the importance of 'Nirvana'.


In today's session we are going to look at another Buddhist Story - The Monkey King - and will think about what the mesage of this story is.

Learning something new can sometimes feel difficult, if you have completed Wednesday's lesson you will know of the challenges that the Buddha (Prince Siddhartha Gautama) faced when he decided to leave the palace in the search for the truth about life.


Can you think of a time when you might have put someone else's needs before your own and how this made you feel? Perhaps this might have been giving something away that you wanted yourself.


You could draw a picture of this and/ or write a few sentences to explain:

I put others first by ...

This made me feel ...


Now read the first part of the Monkey King Story below (page 1) - what do you think will happen next and why? 


Then read the rest of the story. What do you think happened to the human king? Did he grow in wisdom? What do you think the moral or the message of the story is?


The questions below will help you to think about this:

  • What does the story tell us about greed?
  • What is compassion? How did the Monkey King show compassion for others?
  • What is sacrifice? What sacrifice did the Monkey King make?
  • What does it mean to set a good example? How did both Kings do this?
  • What is wisdom?
  • What makes a good leader? 

A few more facts...

The lotus flower is a symbol that is frequently used in Buddhism, because it shows how something beautiful and precious can grow out of the soil of the earth. A lotus begins its life at the bottom of a pond and rises to the surface to blossom. In this way, it symbolises a journey from darkness to light, to wisdom and enlightenment.  


Earlier this month, 7 May 2020 marked Vesak or Buddha day - where Buddhists celebrate the birth of the Buddha and his teachings. 


Houses and streets are cleaned and decorated with Buddhist flags and flowers. In villages, Buddhists gather around statues of the Buddha when it is dark. They walk around the statue with candles till all is covered in light. During the Vesak celebration, an image of the new-born Buddha - in the gesture of pointing to the Truth - is usually displayed in the shrine room.


Buddhists use light (candles, butter lamps) to celebrate Vesak to recall that the Buddha showed people how to become enlightened. Why do you think lights are such a powerful symbol?


The Bodhi Tree

The tree the Buddha reacher Enlightenment under is called the bodhi tree. It is very special in Buddhism. A bodhi tree can usually be found in the grounds of most temples or monasteries, and is decorated with flags, lamps and lanterns for the Vesak celebration.


It is a custom in Buddhist countries to paint on leaves from a bodhi tree, usually a picture of the Buddha, to give as gifts on Vesak day. Perhaps you might like to decorate leaves you have found in your garden? 

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