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Power and politics

Develop pupil’s interpretation and enquiry skills by exploring medieval life in the abbey, change over time and the power of the Church.

Power and politics

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08 February 2019

What was it like to be a Monk at Kirkstall Abbey?

We will start with a talking timeline covering 850 years with pupils taking on the roles of important people in Kirkstall’s history.

What was it like to be a monk

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Maths at the Monastery

Experience practical maths in action! A range of simple methods and equipment will be used to estimate and calculate length, area and height.

Maths at the monastery

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Hideous History – Monks and Tudors

Why did Tudor doctors shave chickens’ bottoms? What did monks do with wee? Why were beetles so important in making books?

Hideous history monks and tudors

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Health and Hygiene

Why were people in medieval times so preoccupied with death? Why did medieval monks live so long? What did they eat?

Health and hygiene

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Why is Kirkstall Abbey important?

When was Kirkstall Abbey was built? Who actually lived here? Why is it so big? And why is it still important today?

Wh is Kirkstall Abbey important

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If stones could speak

Fun practical activities including puppets, art rubbings and dressing up help pupils to understand the different materials used in old buildings and how buildings change over time.

If stones could speak

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‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ story sack

Share the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.

The hungry caterpiller

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Arty in the Abbey

This session is full of fun art activities designed to help pupils to understand and explore our wonderful ruins.

Arty in the Abbey

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05 February 2019

Virtual Classroom Workshop: Kirkstall Abbey; hideous history or local legend?

A virtual classroom workshop looking at the history of Kirkstall Abbey and what life was like in medieval and Tudor times.

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16 December 2018

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