Tudor Women

Students will gain new knowledge about the Tudor period and they will challenge their existing thinking regarding who was most important at the time and subsequently. Students will undertake investigations into the role of key women throughout the Tudor period and consider how and why their portrayals have changed over time. 


By the end of this unit we expect that all students will: be able to give some examples of women from the Tudor period and begin to explain their importance. This explanation may be limited and lack support. Students may recognise some interpretations but only be able to comment on superficial detail. Students will use a limited amount of topic specific vocabulary. Students will need guidance to help them research effectively.

Most students will: be able to give examples of some key women from the Tudor period and explain how and why they were important to the period. Students will be able to challenge their preconceptions, particularly regarding Henry VIII, and produce reasoned and well supported analyses of the individuals investigated. Students will also be able to recognise and comment on both contemporary and later interpretations of key Tudor characters. Students will be able to confidently use topic and subject specific vocabulary. Students will develop their research skills but may need some guidance.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to confidently explain the importance of the role of women within the Tudor period and use appropriate supporting evidence and vocabulary. Students will confidently analyse interpretations and use other examples in their analysis, i.e., refer to or contrast with other interpretations. This may take many forms, e.g., paintings, texts, film, etc. Students will be able to work independently and refine their research in order to reach well focussed and supported conclusions. 

Key Assessments

An extended research task will be set for homework and this will be formally assessed. The exact focus and details will be confirmed later. 

How to help your child

It would be helpful if parents could discuss their own understanding of the Tudor period and key personalities with their child as this will allow students to develop an understanding of the traditional views of the Tudor period and challenge them with the results of their research and with their new knowledge. Visits to sites related to Tudors would be useful, eg, Hatfield House, Hampton Court, Kentwell Hall, Kings College Chapel, St Johns College, etc. The Fitzwilliam Museum houses some good Tudor portraits for analysis. The opportunity to watch some film or TV programmes related to the topic would also be beneficial but do be aware of the age ratings on some of these. 

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