The History Enrichment Project 2013


The History Enrichment Project 2013…..

Henry VIII is having an important visitor, King Francis I of France, coming to dine at Hampton Court Palace. King Henry needs you to draw up a menu for the banquet that he is giving.

  • What food will you serve?
  • What drinks will you serve?
  • What sort of meats would you serve for the main course?
  • Which part of the animal would you serve? Trotters? Tongue? Ears? Wings? Rump? Shoulder?
  • How would it be cooked?  Roasted? Boiled? Baked? Stewed?
  • What would you serve with the meats?
  • What desserts would you serve?

Expected outcome:

Use the internet and books to produce a menu for an authentic Tudor banquet. (Level 3 – find answers using sources of information/show knowledge of main periods studied). The mimimum expected work is a menu for the banquet. Don’t forget to put your name on your project!

If you are really interested in Historical research, perhaps you might like to find out about Tudor food and ingredients to make a Tudor recipe book or fact file (Level 4 Point out changes within and across periods of time/give reasons for change/select and combine information from different sources):

How does Tudor food differ from modern cooking? What common modern ingredients did they not have access to? What did they use instead? Were there any curious customs involving food?  Where did the ingredients come from? How would Henry’s food differ from what a poor person would eat? A fully cross referenced project may even achieve a Level 5.

Perhaps you may even want to cook a Tudor recipe. Photograph or film the result and include this in your project together with any comments about how it tastes. For those who are really keen to see it first hand, Hampton Court has live cookery demonstrations 27 December – 1st  January. You will have the opportunity to attend a Tudor banquet on Tuesday December 18th as part of Tudor Day.


How long should I expect to spend on this project?

Expect to spend at least 3 hours and maybe as much as 5 or 6 if you really get into it! Try splitting the time up: have a go at each stage a day at a time but maybe allow an extra half hour at the end, just in case!

How soon will I get feedback for my work?

Well, with over 100 projects being handed in, it might take a little bit of time but hopefully I’ll be able to tell you how you’ve done by half term. They will be given a rough level (not sub-level) and an effort grade – the basic menu will earn Level 3 (you have found answers) and a 3 effort (Satisfactory grade).

What if I don’t have a colour printer at home but I need colour pictures for my project?

If you want to download colour pictures but you do not have access to a colour printer at home, please select a small number that you definitely want and then reduce them so that you can all fit onto 1 or 2 sheets of A4 to print at school and then cut and paste into the finished project.

Can I use ICT?

You may present your Enrichment project as an ICT presentation, a podcast, a video or on paper. Some of the best ICT based presentations may be uploaded on the @mountsbridgewater blog page.

Only use your first name on ICT work so that you cannot be identified by a stranger (this complies with the internet policy and don’t wear school uniform or a name that might identify you in any video production).You can use online presentation software like Prezi, GoAnimate, XtraNormal, Toonlet or similar ones that you may know of (don’t forget always seek your parents’ permission before signing up to anything on the web).

Last year some pupils made cookery videos, animated Lego films, beautifully produced leaflets using desktop publishing software and one person even produced a whole episode of Tudor Masterchef with his dad doing a brilliant John Torode impression.  Look up ‘Tudor Food’ on the Wordcloud on @mountsbridgewater to see some examples of last year’s work.

Lots of books have sections on Tudor food, including Terry Deary’s ‘Terrible Tudors’.

Internet links can be found on :

Scroll down the widgets on the right hand side of the page to find the ‘TUDOR FOOD’ section (quite a long way down!)

You don’t have to work over the holidays (although I would be flattered if you were interested enough to really go to town on your presentation). The king has requested that you provide him with your sample menus by Monday 21st January 2013.

By order of the King:  This is the penalty for those who do not hand in their project on time!

By order of the King: This is the penalty for those who do not hand in their project on time!


5 responses to “The History Enrichment Project 2013

  1. Laura and I went down to the library yesterday and found lots of facts. I am also going to use the web. Izzy (Moneybury)

  2. what’s that thing called where there’s a pig head stitched on to a chickens body?

  3. was their jam in tudor times?

    • In the 16th century, people thought fresh fruit was bad for you.
      Therefore people cooked it to make jam, preserves or fillings for pies. Common fruits were pears, apples, plums, damsons, cherries and strawberries. Some fruit was dried to use later in the year – dried apple rings, for example, were popular.

      If a family could afford luxuries, they might be able to buy oranges imported from Spain (Catherine of Aragon helped to make these popular). They were used to make preserves and marmalades.

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