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LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR HOME EDUCATORS

Podshops are small, bookable workshops carried out by members of our professional learning team and highly experience volunteers. Each session is carried out in a small group to ensure that proper social distancing can take place whilst delivering an engaging and interactive learning experience. Each podshop includes a story or history telling session around a particular theme. Children will then participate in an activity to put their learning into practice. Materials for you to carry on the learning at home will be provided in pdf format. Each podshop costs £4.50 per child and includes all the materials you will need. Please note that there will be a limit of 15 places for each podshop and only one accompanying adult per child. 

Podshops are held in The Almonry Gardens, please make sure children wear coats to stay warm if it is chilly as we will only move inside if it is raining heavily. Meet by the back entrance to The Almonry on the East Lawn.

Podshop Schedule

Monday 14 September @ 10am - St Ethedreda: Princess, Queen and Saint.
Join our story teller, Mildretha, as she explains the life and work of St Etheldreda. Children will enjoy an entertaining, costumed and interactive telling of the story and will finish their session by making a Saxon brooch or necklace fit for a princess. A follow up, written activity will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get home.

Monday 28 September @ 10am - Brythnoth: A Giant of Bright Courage.
Join Eawynn, servant to Aelfflaed (wife of Brythnoth) as she tells the story of this great Saxon warrior and one of the Cathedral's oldest residents. Eawynn will talk to children about The Battle of Maldon and the great gifts that Aelfflaed gave to the monastery here after the death of her husband. Children will finish their session by creating their own embroidery, remembering the great embroidery given to the monastery by Aelfflaed. A follow up, written activity around poetry will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get back home.

Monday 12 October @ 10am - Herbs and Healing in Medieval times
Join our monastery herb-wife Fridgyth as she explains how herbs were used in the monastery for food and medicine. Children will enjoy an interactive demonstration of the different herbs that were grown and used by the monks here in Ely to help to treat some of the most common ailments such as Fen Ague. Children will finish their session by making their own medicinal herb pomander and exploring how medieval medics made a diagnosis. A follow up, written activity around medicine will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get back home.

Monday 26 October @ 10am - Monastic Life
Join Brother Wilfred, our Novice Master, as he explains you new life as a monk here in Ely monastery. He will take children through the vows, day to day life and work of the Benedictine monks who lived here as they explore some of the medieval buildings that exist to this day. Children will get the opportunity to take part in some of the work of the monastery such as illuminating letters and making candles. A follow up, written activity around monastic life will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get back home.

Monday 9 November @10am - Pilgrimage to Ely
Join Alys, a medieval merchants wife as she gets ready for her pilgrimage to Ely Cathedral. Alys will show children all the different things that she will need to pack, how she will find her way on her pilgrimage, the costs involved and why it is so important to her to carry out this pilgrimage to the shrine of St Etheldreda. After listening to Alys, children will be able to see a range of artefacts and have a go at making their own pilgrims badge. A follow up written activity around pilgrimage will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get back home.

Monday 23 November @ 10am - Celebrating Saxon Style!
Join Bletsung, a Saxon lady as she brings her alms to the monastery and begins to prepare for Christmas, Saxon style. Saxon Christmas was very different to Christmas today, Bletsung will explain how it was marked with fasts and vigils, prayers and the giving of alms as well as how Alfred the Great introduced the Christmas Holiday! She will explain how some traditions grew out of the old pagan ways, looking at decorations such as holly and ivy. Children will get the opportunity to create their own Christmas wreaths with Bletsung. A follow up written activity around Christmas in Saxon time will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can continue their learning when they get back home.

Monday 7 December @ 10am - A Medieval Christmas
Ellyn, a cook in the kitchens of the Bishop of Ely is preparing for a Christmas Feast. She's hoping he won't want to go as far as the Bishop of Hereford did in 1289 - whose 41 guests managed to chomp through more than 3 cows, 60 ducks and 40 gallons of red wine in one day - but she wants to make sure it's a feast that all will remember. Ellyn will be explaining how she will be preparing for the Christmas season at the Bishops palace in Ely including making traditional oblong mince pies, preparing the feast and getting ready for the newly popular Christmas Carols! Children will be able to plan their own Medieval feast and join in with some medieval carols. A follow up activity and recipe card will also be provided for you in pdf form so that children can make their own medieval mince pies and continue their learning when they get back home.

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