Putting on a Pageant

Putting on a Pageant in 1578 (POP 1578) is a FREE* online primary school heritage education programme. Through the lens of local history, POP 1578 explores the exciting story of Queens Elizabeth I’s journey across East Anglia culminating in magnificent festivities in Norwich in 1578.

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*First three sessions are free. The remaining 7 sessions are available for £50 per school.  

Suggested Resources

Session One

Session 1: Journey of the Documents
Become ‘Document Detectives’ and discover clues about a very important event that happened in Norwich a long time ago.

Open session 1 on the POP 1578 website check what resources you need then open up the Google Slide Show and enjoy!

Challenge at Home:

  • Choose a treasured possession that belongs to you. (It does not have to be valuable, just treasured!)
  • Show your child your possession.
  • Tell them who gave it to you, why it was given and why you treasure it.
  • Together have a go at putting this possession into a story. You don’t have to write it down just take turns in adding to the story.

Session Two

Session 2: Preparing for a Pageant
In Preparing for a Pageant, students will learn the story of how the citizens of Norwich prepared for a royal visit.

Open Session 2 on the POP 1578 website check what resources you need then open up the Google Slide Show and enjoy!

Challenge at Home:

  • Parent/Carer: please ask your child to choose a treasured object which belongs to them.
  • Sit down somewhere quiet and using the words ‘who, when, why, where, how, what’ ask them to tell you about their treasured object.

Session Three

Session 3: Putting on a Pageant

In Putting on a Pageant, students will learn the story of the ‘Strangers’, Norwich textile worker’s pageant performance for Queen Elizabeth I as she entered the city in 1578.

Open Session 3 on the POP 1578 website check what resources you need then open up the Google Slide Show and enjoy!

Challenge at Home:

  • Parent/Carer: find a treasured possession that belongs to you.
  • Then have a conversation with them about it and set the object in a story. 
  • To further support this task encourage your child to use ‘interrogative words’ such as; who, when, why, where, how, what to create sentences.

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