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Sir Walter Raleigh's Medicinal Garden at the Tower

Sir Walter Raleigh's Medicinal Garden at the Tower

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Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned at the Tower of London for 13 years. Under constant threat of execution, Raleigh struggled with poor mental health. To help his own wellbeing, Raleigh developed a medicinal garden and made plant-based remedies. Using a sensory story approach, this lesson pack explores Raleigh’s life before and after his imprisonment, to help students understand the full impact that being imprisoned had on him. Through understanding how Raleigh developed coping mechanisms, students are encouraged to reflect on how they can support their own mental and physical wellbeing in times of anxiety or change.

National Curriculum Links

  • Lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • Be able to ask and answer simple questions about historical stories
  • Explore how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing

Learning objectives

  • Learn about Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Learn what Sir Walter did to help himself keep well when he was a prisoner in the Tower
  • Explore how different sensory experiences can help us increase own our sense of wellbeing

Resource Information

Key Stage

  • SEND

Subjects

  • History
  • PSHE

Topic

  • Stuarts
  • Elizabethans
  • Crime & Punishment

Type

  • For the classroom

Palace

  • Tower of London
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