Robin Hood

Usually during a fun week we revisit something we have studied previously and so I am able to step beck and effectively have a week off, which is rather nice.  To all intents and purposes the children HAVE learnt about Robin Hood prior to this week.  Voracious readers, they made light work of the books I had planned for the 1066 era and onwards.  They begged and begged to be allowed to read the extensive number of Robin Hood books that we had ended up with.  I’m not entirely sure ALL these books are necessary for a full Robin Hood education but we had them, the children were enthusiastic to read them, so I gave in.  They have almost all of them read and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them.  Tomlinson, as per any other book we’ve read of hers, tends to approach history from the woman’s point of view.  As always, we all love Morpurgo’s books (both are the same version under different names with different illustrators) and Williams is, frankly, just a bit of cartoon fun!  Here is our reading list:

Outlaw: The story of Robin Hood  The Adventures of Robin Hood   

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I always try to supply dress up for any study I think the children might want to play and I’d collected bits from charity shops over the years.  I did splash out on two matching girl Robin Hood outfits for my twins.  Please could you indulge me a bit (I’ve posted quite a few photos!!):

Oh goodness, be still my beating heart!  So cute!
Oh goodness, be still my beating heart! So cute!
Aim and fire!
Aim and fire!
A4
A4
L10
L10
T11
T11 (in his wellies!)

I suppose the most important thing was to make sure the children understood that Robin Hood and his tales were legend rather than fact.  That was not to say that he didn’t exist, just that the tales probably had a lot of fiction in them!  I had them read through this and this site for some more information about Robin Hood, I asked them to write a ditty about Robin and his Merry Men to the tune of a nursery rhyme, an idea from here which also has many, many activities for slightly younger children than mine.  This was T11’s to the tune of Ba, Ba, Black Sheep:

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Have you any money?

Yes sire, yes sire, bags and bags of money,

Some for the pauper, some for the lame,

and some for the hungry boy who lived down the lane!

From the same website, I also had them draw a cartoon story narration from Robin Hood:

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I photocopied an oldyworldy map found from google images and had the children colour the areas covered by Hood:

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We have done much work on the oral tradition of passing down legendary tales from one generation to the next in our studies in ancient Greece, Rome, Anglo Saxons and the Vikings.  I had them listen to an oral performance of the tale of Robin Hood, and had them come up with oral renditions themselves.  I also had them make some whimsical puppets to use for imaginative play (drawings I googled a while ago and don’t have the URL):

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By far the most fun was had on Thursday, when after quiet time the children came down to this:

Two children, who shall remain nameless, didn't notice it at all.  Thank goodness for T11, who saw it straight away.....
Two children, who shall remain nameless, didn’t notice it at all. Thank goodness for T11, who saw it straight away…..

There was much excitement figuring out exactly what their mother had planned this time!  Daddy, a trained archery teacher,  was going to oversee an archery competition, with real bows and arrows and whoever won would be declared the real Robin Hood!  Of course, he neglected to tell me that he would be participating too.  I would have made him dress up if I’d known!

I had packed up some 'Trail Mix' for the young Robin Hoods to keep their strength up (a bit like the chicken feed I did for Ask Mr Bear unit)
I had packed up some ‘Trail Mix’ for the young Robin Hoods to keep their strength up (a bit like the chicken feed I did for Ask Mr Bear unit)
And I put them in our trusty brown paper bags!
And I put them in our trusty brown paper bags!
First up was B2.  We had to do it in our front garden as the back garden was a mud mire from the sheer amount of rain we've been having recently.
First up was B2. We had to do it in our front garden as the back garden was a mud mire from the sheer amount of rain we’ve been having recently.
Dady did a great job helping her.
Daddy did a great job helping her.
Then A4 took three shots.  Look at that form!!
Then A4 took three shots. Look at that form!!
C10 shooting her arrow
C10 shooting her arrow
L10 looking very Robin Hood like!
L10 looking very Robin Hood like!
T11, taking it all very seriously, after all who had ever heard of a female Robin Hood- He HAD to win for that reason alone!
T11, taking it all very seriously, after all who had ever heard of a female Robin Hood- He HAD to win for that reason alone!
C10 won after it was decided Daddy should be disqualified due to lack of dress!
C10 won after it was decided Daddy should be disqualified due to lack of dress!

Each day they were allowed to watch two episodes of the following DVD.  Even Gary enjoys this and is very worth buying.  We don’t watch broadcast TV so this really appealed to the older four children:

The week went quickly and with much fun.  Next week we start our Easter Adventure Boxes on Marco Polo and  Ancient China (older children) and Mr Men (little ones).  We’re all looking forward to them!

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12 comments

  1. I can’t click on the link for the DVD and I can’t tell who is in it or produced it. Can you give me some more info. Thanks, I have been looking for a good DVD of Robin Hood that is acceptable for older children (7-10 age range). would this one work is it better to wait a couple of years?

    1. It’s a BBC version and is very good. It is rated PG (parental guidance). As to whether or not it is suitable, I think families have widely varied ideas as what constitutes suitable. It has romance but not explicitly, the word shut up is used occasionally, there is violence but for me it is in keeping with the times and topic and again not too explicit. There is a positive theme of good verses evil, with good prevailing over evil. There are good strong main characters, brave and loyal. All in all it has been fine from our standards which may be lower or higher than your own (!)
      I hope that helps. I’m not very good at recommendations!
      link to amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Robin-Hood-Season-Jonas-Armstrong/dp/B000NQQ4DI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1363992090&sr=8-4&keywords=bbc+robin+hood

      It’s not quite as expensive over here in England!

  2. Did that series get better? I had a hard time watching after the first episode of it where Robin swore off killing and had one of his merry men dress up as a guard so he could pretend to kill one.
    I do agree with your kids, you’re not a proper Robin Hood if you’re not dressed up, he should have been disqualified 🙂

    1. Ha! I’ll tell Gary that!
      re: Robin Hood -y’know for us we wanted a fun dvd which the children would enjoy watching (as it happened Gary enjoyed it too), that ultimately would encourage lots of lovely imaginary play. And it filled those criteria. I’m not sure if it got any better- I don’t watch much of any TV (love to read!) so I couldn’t say. I watched the odd episode and it was pleasant easy watching!

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