Children try not to lose their heads when they meet a king

Henry VIII, played by Neil Bakewell, with St Botolph's School pupils. EMN-141023-144949001
Henry VIII, played by Neil Bakewell, with St Botolph's School pupils. EMN-141023-144949001

Pupils at a Sleaford primary school did not lose their heads when they met a monarch in the flesh last week to round off their studies they have been doing this term for their history topic.

The year five classes, taught by Louise Valentine and Natasha Smith at St Botolph’s CofE Primary School, have been studying the Tudor period all term and on Wednesday they invited in the larger than life character of King Henry VIII, played by Neil Bakewell of Burton on Trent.

Mrs Valentine said the children dressed up in Tudor costumes and spent the day doing Tudor jousting and making ruffs and shields in workshops.

“We did some dancing and then a rich and poor quiz game,” added Mrs Valentine.

Mr Bakewell visited last year as well and also does workshops with secondary school children
 and adult team building 
exercises.

“It has been fantastic, they have absolutely love it,” said Mrs Valentine. “They have been really engaged and imaginative. He came in to a fanfare and did a talk, offering lots of information but in a great way.”