Henry VIII's a king-sized success with pupils at New Waltham Academy (Video)
A FAMOUS Tudor monarch was resurrected before the very eyes of pupils at New Waltham Academy.
Year Three and Four pupils were in awe of King Henry VIII, who told them more about the famous royal who reigned during 1509 to 1547.
Eight-year-old pupil Stan Woolford learned that the king had a royal bottom wiper.
He said: "I think it's weird; I wouldn't want one.
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"In the end, the king killed the bottom wiper because he thought he was trying to kill him.
"I thought the man playing the king was funny and gave us lots of good answers."
Max Taylor, 9, said: "I know that he liked playing the recorder, and he had six wives and only three children.
"The king seems quite nice and mean at the same time. All of his wives were really ugly too."
Behind the luxurious gown and powerful persona was Rob Beel, head teacher of nearby Waltham Leas Primary Academy.
He said: "I had to research the king to make sure I got all my answers correct.
"I learned a lot myself and one thing I didn't realise was that he loved to eat strawberries.
"It's important for schools to work together, and I thought I would volunteer because the children don't know who I am, which makes it more exciting for them."
Howie Sutton, 8, told how he learned that one of his wives had six fingers.
"I think it's funny and strange," he said. "I don't like the way he dresses, it must be Tudor fashion.
"I think he wears clothes like that because he's a show-off and he wants to wear expensive clothes while poor people buy rags."
Emma Fowler, 9, added: "I learnt that he likes eating lots of meat and pies – it is more fun than reading out of a book because you get to ask the real person."
Year Three and Four teacher Aimee Chester said she told her class that the Grimsby Telegraph were coming, which made them believe even more that the king was the real deal.
"The children have come alive today and they have been so excited to meet the king," she said.
Henry VIII addresses the people of North East Lincolnshire in a video online now at www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk