Anglo-Saxons activity 7: St Eanswythe Overview The children investigate the fascinating story of St Eanswythe, Folkestone’s patron saint, including her life, death, miracles and the mystery of what happened to her bones. Learning objectives - Curriculum links Expand Learning objectives Increased knowledge and understanding of Anglo-Saxon Folkestone. Basic forensic archaeology and conservation. Curriculum links KS1-2 History (Anglo-Saxons, St Eanswythe, Local History Study). KS1-2 English (speaking and listening, role play, drama) KS2-4 Science (forensic archaeology) Introduction Expand This activity involves children creating a short piece of drama based on the life of St Eanswythe. This could be in a series of scenes inspired by different parts of her story. These might include some of the following: Her early life as a Kentish Anglo-Saxon Princess The founding of the nunnery at Folkestone Her death and burial Miracles and sainthood Local people and pilgrims visiting her shrine The destruction of her shrine at the Reformation under henry VIII (and the hiding of her bones in the church wall) Discovery of her bones by Victorian builders Eanswythe Found! Forensic analysis of the bones in 2020 suggests they are almost certainly hers. Creative activity Expand Children create a short piece of drama based on the life of St Eanswythe. This can either be done as a full class activity (to perform to another class) or as a grouped activity where each group performs a scene from the life of St Eanswythe to the rest of the class. Children can: research St Eanswythe write a script (with stage directions) make props and costumes rehearse their drama Tip: Research script writing online to provide children with an outline and useful information on how to write a script.