18.07.2014

Herbs in tudor medicine woodlands

The majority of the people in Britain at the time were poor and lived in a rural setting working on the land. Together we attempt to treat a patient who has come through our door – Will they leave feeling better or worse?
We examine the herbs, spices and other ingredients necessary to treat a range of illnesses and conditions.
Following a 500 year old recipe from a wealthy family in York, we attempt to concoct an expensive ointment.
The ingredients vary from egg yolks and flour to saffron (which even today is worth more than gold!) Can you combine the elements to create a precious and crucial medicine? Together, we explore the ways in which everything from the day a patient fell ill to the size of their shoes affected the way they would receive care from physicians.
Thank you for continuing to support your children with homework and encouraging them to hand it in on time. Please ensure reading books are brought in every Wednesday when they will either be changed or renewed. Literacy: writing stories from imaginary worlds and persuasive writing on animal welfare, punctuation, connectives, using a dictionary and thesaurus.
Our Topic this term is Weather Around the World where we will be investigating holiday destinations, patterns in climates and the effect of climates on habitats. Games a€“ We are learning to play netball and at are practicing different passes such as chest pass, shoulder pass and hip pass. Brian then took us into the woods on a Tudor hunt where weA hunted foxes and wolves to feed our starving families or sell themA to stay alive. We would like to know how you are celebrating.A Put your news on the class blog, or in writing, which you should bring into school the first week back. We had an idea already of what a human skeleton looks like and used dog biscuits to build our own human skeleton. We explored why it is useful to have a skeleton and discovered that it supports our body and protects our organs.


At Bramall Hall we also had a go at fancy Tudor writing using a quill, learnt about the use of herbs and spices in food and medicine, had a go at Tudor dancing in the ballroom and had a Tudor banquet! All of Year 4 visited Bramall Hall to gain a first hand experience of some aspects of Tudor life. We had great fun looking around the amazing hall, having a go at making some wattle and daub (a clever but pretty disgusting building technique) and being Tudor minstrels playing some Tudor instruments.
With all the rush at home time after our trip to Bramall Hall, I’m sorry I forgot to make sure you took home your whole school homework letters.
March 3rd is World Book Day and we would like all the children to design and make a hat connected to a favourite book or character.
As you haven’t had Literacy homework this week, you can make a start on your half term homework.
School Improvement Service, EAST RIDING of YORKSHIRE COUNCILCounty Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire. Performing amputations and other duties including searching wounds with irons and other instruments, staunching blood flow, sewing flesh, setting bones, and even cutting the skull with iron tools.In peacetime he would earn a living cutting hair and doing dentistry, possibly moving from town to town. With knowledge, money and land the monks built hospitals to tend the sick and elderly, and had physic gardens to grow herbs for medicinal use.Alan Titchmarsh was not the first gardener to have raised beds, or Monty Don the first to garden 'organically' and with 'companion planting'!The monks had a series of beds within the physic garden, each enclosed and raised.
The first port of call for them if unwell was the lady of the house and her medicine cabinet in the garden.Every cottage would have had a piece of land and this garden would have been planted up with food crops, medicinal herbs, strewing herbs and dyeing plants. For nearly 2,000 years, the wisdom of doctors had been passed from generation to generation, what did doctors believe about the body? Not only might we have to cut off an arm or a leg, but the poor patient doesn’t have the benefit of modern anaesthetics. The power of nature and movement of the stars played a big part in way the sick were treated.
Hopefully, you have listened well to the range of ingredients, treatments, and ideas which shaped Tudor Medical care. We have been using maths to learn about the game and have a go at learning rugby skills outside too.


Research is still being done as to whether individual beds were for groups of plants enjoying the same conditions, well-drained dry soil etc, or whether they might have been planted up with herbs that treated certain conditions all together.What is known is that other flowers were planted in between to attract the 'good' insects into the garden to dispose of, or deter, the 'bad' insects, companion planting. Many plants served several of these functions.For more serious illnesses there was generally a herbwife in the village.
We discovered that the biscuits represented some bones quite well but none of the biscuits were small enough to represent the small bones found in hands and feet. Find out what they looked like, how they were built and how they were different if the owner was rich or poor. Possibly living on the edge of the village, thereby having a little more land to grow medicinal herbs and to be able to collect many from the wild.
Our next science topic will be Habitats and will be visiting Chester Zoo at the end of the summer term. Also we did not have round-shaped dog biscuits which, we found, is the shape of our skull bone.
Then you’ll be ready to design and make your house over the half term, which Mrs Gould will display in the corridor for all to see. Also flowers were grown to attract the bees, for their honey and as excellent pollinators.Many monasteries had wealthy patrons, men who during the Medieval period fought in the Crusades, who brought back plants from other countries for the monks to grow and to experiment with the possible medicinal properties.
Bloodletting being a popular form, with "cupping" or leeches used for the elderly, the young or very sick.A Physician would have your medicine prepared for you by the Apothecary.
So monks were the researchers of their day.The monks were among the first to write 'herbals' and much of their knowledge was lost during Henry VIII reign and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. As many herbs don't grow during the winter months they would have been gathered and dried so there was a year round supply of sage for sore throats etc.



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