Rulers Around the World!
This session was about comparing different figures in power, crossing time scales and geographical borders.
Boudicca was Queen of the Iceni people of Eastern England and led a major uprising against Roman occupying forces. She was married to Prasutagus, ruler of the Iceni people of East Anglia. After the Romans took power, they allowed him to rule until his death, when the Romans decided to rule the Iceni people themselves. The Romans stripped them of their land and property and attacked Boudicca and her daughters.
Whilst the Roman Governor, Gaius Suetonius Paullinus, in 60 or 61AD was leading a campaign in North Wales the Iceni people used this chance to rebel. Boudicca’s warriors successfully defeated the Roman Ninth Legion and destroyed Colchester, which was the Roman capital in England. They went on to fight in London and kill thousands of Roman soldiers, however she was eventually beaten and Boudicca poisoned herself to avoid capture.
The children loved our chariots…
Marie Antoinette was born an Austrian princess in 1755 and she married into French royalty. She helped provoke the popular unrest that led to the French Revolution and the overthrow of the monarchy in August 1792. When told that the starving French peasants had no bread to eat, the queen alleged to have said ‘let them eat cake!’ However there is no evidence of this. Our mini-explorers enjoyed decorating, and eating, cheeky cupcakes!
Elizabeth I was the last tudor monarch, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn. She reigned for 45 years and generally considered one of the most glorious rulers in English history. She secured the Church of England and saw many brave voyages of discovery. These expeditions prepared England for an age of Colonisation and trade expansion.
The image of Elizabeth’s reign is one of triumph and success.
The children made necklaces similar to the beads Elizabeth I wore…
Potato stamping jewels on crowns… potato stamping is always a favourite of the mini-explorers…
Tutankhamun was only eight or nine when he became ruler of Eqypt. Despite being one of the most well-known pharaohs, evidence of his reign was destroyed after his death. Horemheb, his successor, replaced Tutankhamun’s name with his own on many monuments.
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