In about 700BC Folkestone is first recorded as a distinctly named place as Folcanstan.
Folkestone is synonymous with the monastery at Folkestone recorded in a succession of pre-conquest charters and that the monastery has always been traditionally accepted as having been sited on the Bayle.
The earliest reference for St Eanswythe occurs in the mid eleventh century Kentish Royal Legend which records that Easnwythe was the daughter of Eadbald, king of Kent and that he founded a nunnery for her at Folkestone where she was buried. Her bones are in St Mary’s and St Eanswythe’s Church. Legend has it that she made the water run up the hill and form a pond which is still on the Bayle now. There has been church erosion on this site since St. Eanswythe’s Church and it has been renewed many times due to soil and cliff erosion.
Art you could go and visit St. Eanswythe’s tomb and do real life sketches. Or copy her image from the stain glass windows/ design their own based on the ones that can be found in the church. It is also possible to do brass rubbing. Using either real glass and glass paints you could re-create St. Eanswythe. This can also be done using card and tissue paper.
(Cross curricular with RE and Christianity and History.)
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To develop a wide range of art and design techniques.
To use drawing to share their ideas, imagination and experiences.
To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including their control and their use of materials.
To be taught about great artists, architects and designers in History.
Conduct an experiment to find out how you can get water to run up a hill and what forces would make this possible.
Create your own tin-plate ponds, and plan what wildlife would live there.
NC Links: KS1: Identify and name a variety of plants in their habitats.
Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables.
Compare how things move on different surfaces.
Learn about/ compare life now to life in St. Eanswythe’s era (600s)- clothing, food, entertainment etc.
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To be taught about events before living memory and the lives of significant individuals in the past.
To be taught about significant people and places in their own locality.
Children to create a piece of drama re-enactment St Eanswythe’s life, including the key moments of her life. For example, her birth, her grandfather’s death and the impact that this had, the building of the monastery, the miracles she is associated with etc.
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Spoken language: To participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play etc.