Key Stage 2: English and Drama

Key Stage 2: English and Drama

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Sessions are aligned with a range of subjects across the new Primary Curriculum and are designed for classes of up to 35 children.

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English and Drama: sessions available

Tudor revels >

In Shakespeare’s shoes >

Young Henry >

Performance, paintings and propaganda >

Playing the King >


Tudor Revels - (Arts Award - Explore)

Curriculum links: History, English (spoken language and artistic practice of drama)

Back by popular demand! Explore how Henry VIII was portrayed during his reign through entertainment (revels) at his court. Pupils are introduced to the varied literary heritage of this country through careful study of the works of John Skelton, who wrote many poems and plays (masques) for Henry VIII's pleasure. Pupils will explore and rehearse a masque written by Skelton to be performed in the Great Watching Chamber within Henry VIII's royal apartments.

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: 10.45 and 12.45
Duration: 90 minutes

Price: £103 plus admission

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In Shakespeare’s Shoes (Arts Award - Explore)

(Shakespeare's Shoes)

Curriculum links: English (spoken language, writing composition), History

This brand new English session aimed at Key stage 2 allows pupils to explore Shakespeare’s poetry and to create and perform their own work in the Great Hall where Shakespeare’s theatre company once did! Led by a costumed presenter, pupils will draw inspiration from the Tudor palace to inspire their own written or oral compositions. 

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays; 10.45 and 12.45
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: £103 plus admission

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Young Henry (Arts Award - Explore)

Curriculum links: History, English (artistic practice of drama)

Henry VIII began his reign full of fun and energy. However, the break with Rome marked a turning point in English history and a series of key events meant that Henry began to change into the obese tyrant we recognise today. Pupils will develop their drama skills by acting out key events from Henry’s early life as a monarch, thinking critically and weighing evidence, to discover why the monarch changed so dramatically in later life, and the impact that this had on the country as a whole.

This session particularly develops pupils’ perspective and judgement and historical enquiry skills. The session is linked to a major permanent exhibition at the palace.

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: £93 plus admission

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Performance, paintings and propaganda (Arts Award - Explore)

(Propaganda)

Curriculum links: History, English (artistic practice of drama)

This exciting new classroom-based drama session looks at how Tudor art was used to record and convey messages about Henry VIII as a monarch. Led by an experienced drama specialist, and using iconic paintings and portraits from the Tudor era as stimulus, pupils will take part in a series of drama activities that develop historical enquiry skills. The session encourages pupils to consider how art can provide context and may be used to make historical claims.

When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 10.45 and 12.45
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: £103 plus admission
Resources: Key Stage 2 resources >

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Playing the King (Arts Award - Explore)

Curriculum links: History, English (artistic practice of drama)

Henry VIII wasn’t always a fat, old tyrant! This classroom-based drama session challenges the traditional stereotype of this iconic monarch, plotting his life from his early reign through to his final years as king. Through taking part in drama activities, pupils will find out about key changes in Henry’s life that shaped him both as a monarch and a man. This session especially focuses on the changing role of a monarch through drama, enabling pupils to understand that performance can be a tool for understanding by putting themselves in someone else’s shoes.

When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 10.45 and 12.45

Duration: 90 minutes
Price: £103 plus admission
Resources: Key Stage 2 resources >

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