4W – Thursday 14th May – Home Learning – English

Today is all about identifying facts and opinions.

Some people may not realise it, but the subject of history contains both fact and opinion. Before we get to the opinion part, let’s discuss historical fact.
Obviously history should be factual.

That is what history is: the factual account of past events. For example, we know for certain Elizabeth I was the Queen of England. We know for a fact the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. These historical facts are indisputable. They can be verified. So how are historical facts verified? Well, in the case of Elizabeth I, there is documentation to prove she was the Queen of England. These include legal documents, like birth certificates, letters, land deeds, etc. You can also go in person to see where she lived, for example Windsor Castle, to see with your own eyes. People who were alive at the same time as Elizabeth also verified this in their writings. Historical evidence proves this.

So where does opinion fit in? Some historical facts can only tell us so much, and historians find it necessary to develop opinions to fill in the gaps. Usually these opinions answer the questions how? And why? For example how did the lack of medical knowledge affect the death rate in Tudor Britain? The opinions of historians are more accurately called interpretations.

Read the information about Tudor Medicine then use it to complete your tasks:

This task is for Abdirahman, Abubaker, Absi, Bijan, Muhammad and Qasim.

Write down 5 facts that you have learnt from the text about Tudor medicine in your own words. These must not be directly copied!

This task is for all other pupils:

Task 1:
Answer these questions using your interpretation and the facts.
1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of an illness than the rich?
2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science?
3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times. Would you be likely to survive?

Task 2:
Using your understanding of the text, write a paragraph about Tudor medicine, combining facts and opinion. This is going to be used for your final piece, an information text about the Tudors, so the more work you do now, the easier it will be when you put it all together.

43 thoughts on “4W – Thursday 14th May – Home Learning – English

  1. 1) Tudor Medicine was made out of herbs.

    2) If someone had a cold or temperature they had to have a medicine called Feverfew.

    3) If you were bleeding in the Tudor times the doctors thought you had bad blood.

    4) Tudor barbers could pull out peoples rotten teeth.

    5) In the Tudor times there was no NHS to help the injured.

  2. The poor poepel were more likely to have ilness .
    It was not base on science it was based on money .
    Yes we have potions .
    No because they don’t have a day’s or machines like now .

  3. 1. poor people where not getting to have treatment of an illness so they depend on family members or wise women
    2.the treatments for the illnesses were not based on Science it was based on superstitions.
    3. there was a link between medicine and witchcraft wise woman where makeing potions for the poor people.
    4. It would it have felt painful to get major surgery during Tudor times, it Would be hard to survive.

  4. 1 Back in the Tudor time there wasn’t any NHS. Usuall barber of Tudor treat the patient to as a dentist.
    2 Smallbox can be cured by hanging big red cloth around the person .
    3 Tudor medicine mostly consider herbal.
    4 the Tudor didn’t know antibiotics .
    5 bleeding is a common practice because they take out the extra blood from the body to think that it is a bad blood.

    • Good Abubaker! The Tudors believed smallpox could be cured by hanging big red cloth around the person- it definitely didn’t work!

  5. The poorer people were more successful to be illness than rich.
    It was not based on science because they did not do science.
    Yes because we still have potions.
    No because they did not know how to do sugerys

    • Good to see you on the blog Ayomide! Please take your time and focus on the tasks set just like you would in class. Read the text carefully and try to include more detail in your answers please.

  6. TASK 1

    1] Did the poorer have more successful treatments like the rich?
    No they didn’t because they didn’t have enough money to get successful treatment. As there wasn`t a NHS in England and type of doctor Tudor available to Tudor, varied according how much money they had. The rich Tudor were treated by Tudor physicians or surgeons whereas poor Tudor would get basic health care, from their home members or by visiting the local wise women.

    2] Were treatment of illness based on science?
    It wouldn’t be based on science but they did use remedies and potions.

    3] Is there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
    Yes because women used to make medicine as potions.

    4] If you were in Tudor surgery would you likely still be alive?
    I wouldn’t think so because they didn’t quite have healthy medicine and they didn’t have the right ingredients so there would have been a better chance at dying.

    TASK 2
    Tudor Medicine

    Firstly, in Tudor time, there wasn’t a NHS in England so medicine was usually made of herbal remedies. An example would be; a mixture of sage, lavender and marjoram was recommended to treat a headache while chamomile was taking to help ease a stomach ache. Moreover, fever few was a good choice for treatment of cold and high temperatures.
    Making herbal remedies was so simple in Tudor times and most women would have known how to make them. Another interesting treatment was smallpox and they used to say it could only be cured by putting red curtains around the patients bed, and jaundice could cured by drinking lice mixed in ale every morning for a week.
    Bleeding was very common practice in the Tudor times. As they believe that was often caused by having to much blood, bad blood was let (either by cutting a vein or applying leeches to the skin).

  7. Task 1:
    Answer these questions using your interpretation and the facts.
    1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of an illness than the rich?
    Not true because the poor could not afford it so they Had to be treated by our family member
    2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science?
    I don’t think it use science because they would just put different ingredients and they don’t know if it is going to work
    3. Was there a link between medicine and witch craft
    Yes there was witchcraft is used for black magic and medicines are used to cure illnesses
    4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times. Would you be likely to survive?
    You would of got a lot of pain because they didn’t have any modern cures

    • Good to see you posting on the blogs again Hajrah- keep it up!
      This is a complex sentence:
      You would of got a lot of pain because they didn’t have any modern cure.
      In standard English, it looks like this:
      People would have been in a lot of pain during Tudor surgery because they didn’t have any modern cures (such as antibiotics and anaesthetic).
      Keep this sentence to use in your text tomorrow.

  8. Task 2
    Back in the Tudor time there wasn’t any NHS. It was really hard because there wasn’t any hospitals or doctors to perform surgeries. In Tudor times medicines mostly composed of herbal remedies. For example chamomile was taken to help ease a stomach ache, a mixture of sage, lavender and marjoram as recommended to treat headaches, and feverfew was taken to help with colds and high temperatures. These remedies were known as ‘simples’ and most Tudor woman would know how to make them.
    People believed that illness was caused by having too much blood. So ‘bad blood’ was let out either by adding leeches on the skin or by cutting the vein. This practice was known as bleeding. Today this is known as wet cupping or hijama and it is used by some religious groups. However it is used for boosting your blood circulation and clean out of lymphatic system.
    In Tudor England, the types of doctors people saw for treatments varied according to how much money they had and where they lived. If you had wealth, you would have had the Tudor physicians or surgeon pay you a visit. Tudor barbers could even pull out your rotten tooth. A Tudor version of a pharmacist was known as apothecary, selling medication and remedies. Poor Tudor would get basic healthcare from their own family members, remedies or witchcraft.
    People suffering from diseases like the Bubonic plague and typhoid, the plague doctors would dress up in a beaked mask, boots, gloves and were wrapped head to toe in vinegar clothes. In NHS the doctors dress up by wearing a cover up, a hat, gloves and a paper mask. The Tudor didn’t know about antibiotics or anaesthetics. They would often examine the patients by checking their urine sample by smell, colour and even taste. Astrology also played a key role in diagnosing a patient’s illness.
    Eventually medical knowledge did started to advance in Tudor times, basing their findings on observation and evidence, rather then tradition and superstition.

    • Wow, fantastic level of detail here Yahya! This will really help you when you write your own information text about the Tudors. Great work.

  9. 1. No, because they were treated by family members or wise men and the rich were treated by a Tudor version of a pharmacist.
    2. No, they were treated by herbal method.
    3. No, they were no link between witchcraft and medicine. Witchcraft is to put a spell on someone.
    4. It would have felt bad to have major surgery during Tudor times because you would have got an infection.

  10. Task 1:
    1)It was more likely for the poor to die because it says that if you were unwell and you were poor they wouldn’t come because you don’t have lots of money whereas if you were a king the doctor would come straight away.

    2)No the treaments of illness were not based on Science because in the Tudor times people would just mix sometimes put random things in side their antidote amd give it to the patient not knowing if it work or not.

    3)Yes I think there was a link with witchcraft because it say that if a person had ‘bad blood’ they would put leeches in their bodies and let them suck it out!

    4)No you would not be likely to survive because the medcines and surgereys didn’t work because doctors were not being careful of what they pit in?

    Task 2:Tudor Medicine:
    Tudor medicine was not the greatest because doctors did not know fo sure if it would work and whether it would harm the patient or not!
    Mediviens in the Tudor times mostly had herbal remedies.e.g If you were to treat a headache you would have a mixture of sage,labeder and majoram and stomach ache treatment would be chamomile.Herbal remedies were often known as simples and mostly Tudor women would have known how to make them!
    Other Tudor medicienes were much more outlandish because smallpox would be cured byhanging red curtains around the patients bed!

    • Good Aamina! what two major medical discoveries had not yet been made in the Tudor times? A__________ and A______________ what do we use them for today?
      sp. surgeries
      sp. medicines

  11. Task 1
    1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of an illness than the rich?
    This is not true because poor people were treated by family members whereas rich people were treated by Tudor physicians.
    2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science?
    In Tudor times,food was more often used as cures for illnesses. They did use their science to figure out the ingredients.
    3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
    Witchcraft is a use of black magic but medicines are cures for illnesses.
    4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times. Would you be likely to survive?
    In Tudor times,it was unlikely for someone to survive in a surgery because they did not have PPE ( Personal Protective Equipment) and they did not have antibiotics or anesthetics.
    Tudor Medicine
    First to get it straight,Tudor medicines were mostly made from herbal remedies. Say,if you had a headache,then you would get treated with a mixture of sage,lavender and marjoram. So you get an experience of it already.
    Women knew how to make herbel remedies well so they were known as local wise women who made potions and herbal remedies for treatment. They mostly treated the poor.
    Other things were quite queer. Like,if you had smallpox,then they treat you by hanging red curtains around your bed. I know,really queer.
    Now,the disgusting part is that if you had to much blood,known a ‘bad blood’, then you would you get a cut so blood dripped out or you would get covered with leeches. Ew!
    If there was the NHS in Tudor times,then everything wouldn’t go like this. You would get treated by how much you paid. The more you paid,the more treatment you would get,but the less you paid,the less treatment you would get. Wealthy were treated by Tudor physicians or surgeons.
    Tudor barbers pulled rotten teeth out and done much more gruesome things. Tudor apothecaries were like pharmacists selling medicine. But,sadly,the poor were treated by family members,the church or local wise women (as told before).
    Plague doctors,who treated people with diseases such as the black death,wore gloves,beaked mask,boots had were covered head-to-toe with vinegar doseed clothes.
    Tudor doctors investigated urine by smell,colour and even taste! Gross!
    And finally,to remind you,in Tudor times,no one knew about antobiotics or anesthetics.

    • Excellent Hamaad! I like how you have written in a style similar to the horrible histories books, accurate information and funny too!

  12. TASK 1
    1) Did the poorer have more succesful treatments like the rich ?
    No because they didn’t have any money so they couldn’t afford it.
    2) Were treatment of illness based on science ?
    I wouldn’t say science but they did use herbal remedies and potions
    3)Is there a link between medicine and withcraft ?
    Yes because women used to make medicene as potions .
    4) If you were in Tudor surgery would you likely still be alive ?
    I wouldn’t think so because they didn’t quite have healthy medicine and they didn’t have the right ingredients so there would have been a better chance at dying
    TASK 2
    Tudor medicine could have been very dangerous to people who weren’t born in the Tudor times because pharmasists made there own medicine and you never knew where they found them since they didn’t have lots of ingredients to make anything. Did you know some people drank old wine to make them feel better ( once Jane seymore was ill and henry gave new wine to make her more ill ) ?

      • Safya Mrs Diaz is right, you need to spend longer on your blog work. You are capable of much more than 10 words in an English lesson. Remember you are responsible for your learning-you can do it!

    • Good Adeena, Tudor medicine would have been dangerous both to people in born in the Tudor era and those who weren’t. The Tudors lived at a time before antibiotics and anaesthetics were developed- how did this effect how many people died from medical operations?

  13. 1. No they won’t because rich people would live in houses and poor will just live on the streets
    2.I think illnesses were based on Science
    3. I think There wasn’t a link between medicine and witchcraft
    4. I think the surgery is gonna be extremely painful and I will just die quickly and the age is 19 and up

    • Umaiza, explain your answers. What did the poor do to treat illnesses? You have given basic answers, write examples from the text. Read the text carefully first and answer in full sentences, for example: I think poorer people would have been less likely to have successful medical treatment because…

  14. Fact= A thing that is proven or known to be true.
    Opinion= A veiw or judgement formed about something not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
    Task 1
    1. No they won’t be more successful than rich people to receive treatment because rich people Bhar more money for surgeons than poor people.
    2. No it wasn’t based on science because they had no facilities or knowledge for testing medicanes.
    3. I think there may have been because they use same things in potions like sage and lavender.
    I would be painful because there were no anaesthetic to numb you, no clean equipment it would be frightening because they’re would of been a higher chance of not surviving.
    Task 2
    In Tudor times there wasn’t any scientists or resources so wise women’s mixed up herbal remedies the poor would usually use these herbal remedies but the rich people had more money so they were visited by doctors or surgion’s . They believe they could hang red curtains around patients beds to cure small pocks . They didn’t have any antibiotics or anaesthetic’s . They thought to much blood coursed inllness so they cut vanes or put leeches on people skin . When the black death was out the plage doctors who treated people from surviving from it they wore beaked mask , boots , gloves and wrapped in doused vinager .

    • Great Bethany, for question 1- did the poor people have medicine? What did they do to treat illnesses? You interpreted the facts well, but just make sure you read over your sentences Bethany, spelling mistakes, missing words.
      SP:medicines, caused, illness, veins, plague.

  15. Task 1
    1. No the poor people would not have a successful treatment because they depended on home remedies, witch craft and would have had their family members to treat them.
    2. No I don’t think it was. Because they were not aware of basic anaesthetic or anti biotics. It was just simple remedies they used.
    3. I think there was a link between medicine and witchcraft because they both dealt with some sort of medicine to help cure the people.
    4. I think it would have felt very painful to have major surgeries in Tudor times, because they didn’t have any anaesthetic. I don’t think you would have survived because they used different profession to carry out surgery. Like a barber to remove a tooth.

  16. Task 1:
    Answer these questions using your interpretation and the facts.
    1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of illness than the rich?
    No, because they could not afford to use a doctor and they would rely on herbal medicine which may not be as effective as doctor medicine.
    2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science?
    Not modern science mostly they used herbal medicine and witchcraft.
    3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
    Yes, because some of the Tudor women would make potions as medicine.
    4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times? Would you be likely to survive?
    I would have been in a lot of pain because they did not have modern medicine like anaesthetics that are used during surgery and modern pain killers like morphine. They would not likely to survive because there were no antibiotics and would have probably died of infection.
    Tudor medicine
    People in Tudor times would mostly use herbal medicine like using a mixture of lavender, sage and marjoram to help ease a headache.
    And chamomile was taken to help a stomach ache, In my opinion, this herbal medicine is good as we still use in our modern-day life but they are not as useful as modern painkillers. Also, Tudor plague doctors covered themself from head to toe like any other doctors in the modern-day who treat infectious diseases cover themselves from head to toe when treating patients with infectious diseases like COVID 19 doctors use personal protective equipment and cover themselves similar to plague doctors in Tudor times.

    The factual belief of Tudors
    The Tudor way of curing smallpox was putting red curtains around the patient’s bed which really did nothing. Also, some Tudor barbers would pull out rotten teeth or let blood in my opinion that all of these have nothing to do with medicine.

  17. Bronze
    1.)Tudor Medicine mostly consisted of herbal remedies .
    2.) Herbal remedies were often know as simples most Tudor women would have know how to make them.
    3.)the Tudor didn’t know about antibiotics or anaesthetics.
    4.)Tudor doctors often examined a patient s urine checking its smell colour and even taste .

  18. 1.No poor people work for rich .
    2.yes they were based on .
    3.No there was not .
    4.I don’t know I won’t survive .
    I have question what age do you do it ?

    • Have another go at this Bolu, read the text carefully first and answer in full sentences, for example:
      I think poorer people would have been less likely to have successful medical treatment because…
      Re-write your question as a complete sentence and I will do my best to answer! What age do who do what?

  19. Task 1
    1. No the poor people would not have a successful treatment because they depended on home remedies, witch craft and would have had their family members to treat them.
    2. No I don’t think it was. Because they were not aware of basic anaesthetic or anti biotics. It was just simple remedies they used.
    3. I think there was a link between medicine and witchcraft because they both dealt with some sort of medicine to help cure the people.
    4. I think it would have felt very painful to have major surgeries in Tudor times, because they didn’t have any anaesthetic. I don’t think you would have survived because they used different profession to carry out surgery. Like a barber to remove a tooth.
    Task 2
    Is going to be done in my homework book, and email to you.

  20. 1 no they didn’t
    2 yes they were
    3 no there wasn’t a link between witch craft and medicine
    Witchcraft is a series of magic especially black magic
    Medicine is what makes you better if you have a cold
    4 it would be hard and painful you probably didn’t survive

    • Please give your answers in full sentences Mikolaj. I’m not sure that you read the text before you gave your answers. Try to use some evidence from the text to support:
      -why you think the poor were likely to die
      -why Tudor medicine was not based on scientific knowledge

      • 1 because they were poor people and they couldn’t afford many things and didn’t eat much
        2 because of the days because they didn’t have scientific stuff

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