We love teachers here at The Works. They gave us a great start in life and now they’re going to make sure our own kids get the same grounding in reading, writing and arithmetic (and everything else in between!). That’s why we love bringing out multi-buys, kits, packs and bulk buys for schools to take advantage of. We also know that it can be difficult to come up with ideas for school projects and lesson plans.
So we want to help out if we can, with some fun projects or days or lessons that you can use. This time round, we look at creating a Renaissance Day. This could be for one class, one year group or the entire school! There’s so much potential with this idea, it would easily cover some main areas of teaching: including History, Geography, Art and Drama. Feel free to add your own plans!
How to Have A School Or Class Renaissance Day
- Get the kids to come dressed up in Renaissance clothing – think Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Galileo or Leonardo da Vinci.
- Act out some famous scenes from Shakespeare.
- Talk about the Kings and Queens of the time – there are plenty of stories from this era!
- Play some Renaissance music like Greensleeves or madrigals
- Make aged paper with a strong tea solution (one tea bag in 125 ml water of hot water).
- Look at the different inventions from the era – printing press, parachute, newspapers, muskets.
Make A Work Of Art Like The Old Masters
You’ll need canvases and oil paints to create your own Renaissance masterpieces. We can help you with that – we have fantastic offers on bulk buys for canvasses:
The canvases are suitable for oil and gesso paints. Use paper plates and plastic knives to mimic the artist palettes and knives that the great painters used.
Castle Desk Tidy To Make and Take Home
What you need per project:
- x4 toilet roll tubes
- small box (a tissue box for instance)
- grey paint
- black paint/marker pens
Cut the flaps off the box, make sure that the toilet rolls are all the same size and slightly higher (couple of inches) than the box.
Glue each of the four rolls into the corners of the box. Allow to dry.
Paint the whole thing with the grey paint. Leave to dry.
Older kids can cut turrets out of the toilet rolls and sides of the box.
Draw on windows, doors and stone work.
Once finished, the castle can be used to store pens, highlighters, erasers and other stationery.
How to Make A Sock Puppet Dragon
It couldn’t be easier really, take an old sock, a bit of cardboard, cut out and glue on craft foam wings and wiggly eyes (get yours here, pack of 1,200 for £5!!). Then you can act out the story of George and the Dragon!
Here’s a great video on how to make a basic sock puppet. You’ll need to judge your pupils on how much detail they’ll be able to cope with – if they can do basic sewing, they could make a more complicated sock dragon like the one in the picture above.
Make Your Own House Banner
You’ll need a wire coat hanger, a piece of felt and embellishments as well as glue.
- Glue along one of the shorter ends and fold over the coat hanger – allowing enough room to cut out the square holes that go over the coat hanger (see picture above).
- Press into place and then allow to dry.
- Carefully push the folded part of the felt to the edge of the hanger and cut out the square holes (this is optional – if too complicated, leave out this step).
- Then get to work on gluing on the embellishments that symbolise you and your family.
The symbols could include pets, favourite pastimes etc. Talk about heraldry symbols and the importance of distinguishing different houses – especially on the battlefield! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heraldry This website has a lot of the meanings behind the different colours and symbols https://www.fleurdelis.com/meanings.htm
Make Your Own Crown
These foam crown sheets come in packs of 12 for £1. Decorate them however you like (with glitter, jewels, – then attach a piece of elastic and wear your crown with pride!
We hope you enjoyed these ideas and tutorials. Hopefully they’ve inspired you to hold your own Renaissance day at school.