Key Stage 2: exploring the palace and gardens

Key Stage 2: exploring the palace and gardens

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

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Exploring the palace: sessions available

Mathematical Mayhem at the Palace >

Plants and Princes >

A royal Christmas celebration >

Inventors and innovation >

Monarchs through the ages >

Opening up the world >

Upstairs, downstairs >

Exploring royal kitchens >


Mathematical Mayhem at the Palace

(Maths Mayhem)

Meet a member of the Tudor household and solve a real life Tudor maths problem!

Curriculum links: Maths, History, English

This session is specifically designed to encourage problem solving and mathematical thinking within a historical context.  Pupils are given the opportunity to help solve real life maths problems faced by the Tudor household of King Henry VIII.

Led by a costumed presenter, pupils are taken through the Tudor route finding out about the daily lives of both servants and nobility whilst solving maths problems along the way. Pitched at a mixed ability level, pupils will have the opportunity to extend their maths skills further through group work and individual challenges. Focus will be on: Number (four operations, fractions & decimals); Measurement and Statistics.

This session is based partly on route and partly in the classroom.

When: Thursdays & Fridays; 10.30, 11.45 and 13.15
Duration: One hour
Price: £93 plus admission

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Plants and Princes 

Curriculum links: History, Geography, Science, Art & Design, Design & Technology

Take a walk through history as you explore the Royal Gardens of Hampton Court Palace where kings and queens once walked. Take a tour through history from the formal Tudor and Stuart gardens to the landscape gardens and wildernesses of the Georgians. Find out how the royal gardeners grew plants from many far flung lands for their majesties to eat, to cure them when they got sick and simply to look at and enjoy.

Pupils will learn how the gardens changed according to the fashions of the day, the different ways in which the plants were used, where they came from and how the gardeners looked after them.

Please note that this is an outdoor session so pupils will need to bring appropriate outdoor wear. The session will still take place outdoors unless weather conditions are extreme, in which case it will take place inside the palace.

When: Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays; 10.30, 11.45 and 13.15
Duration: One hour
Price: £93 plus admission

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A royal Christmas celebration (21 November – 2 December 2016)

(A Royal Christmas)

Curriculum links: History, Art & Design, Design & Technology

The key aims of this seasonal session are to find out how Christmas has been celebrated at Hampton Court Palace, to use the palace as evidence for unlocking the past and to explore through art and craft.

Pupils will tour the Tudor palace and make a decoration to take home.

When: Mondays to Fridays; 10.30, 11.45 and 13.15
Duration:
one hour
Price: 
£93 plus admission

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Resources

A royal Christmas celebration: teachers' notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

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Inventors and Innovation 

(Inventors)

Curriculum links: History, Design & Technology, English (spoken language)

This inspirational new session explores the royal court as the centre of invention and innovation over the ages. Led by a Georgian costumed presenter, pupils will use the palace as a primary source to inspire their own hypotheses on what constitutes an invention. Students will see the breadth of innovation at Hampton Court in this route-based session.

There is a strong Design & Technology problem-solving focus, helping students to understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world. Pupils will also extend chronological knowledge beyond 1066, with a particular focus on the changing role of the monarch.

When: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10.45 and 12.45
Duration:  
90 minutes
Price: £103 plus admission.
Resources: 
Key Stage 2 resources >

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Monarchs through the Ages 

(Monarchs)

Curriculum links: History, English (spoken language)

Challenge your class to imagine they are members of William III’s Privy Council tasked with finding a suitable council chamber in the palace. Led by a costumed presenter, pupils will compare and contrast the Tudor and Stuart royal apartments. They will gain an understanding of how design and use of the palace changed in the 142 years between Henry VIII, and William and Mary to reflect the changing needs of the monarch.

The session explores the changing role of the monarch through art, architecture and design.

When: Monday to Friday; 10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration:  
one hour
Price: £93 plus admission
Resources: Key Stage 2 resources >

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Opening up the world: navigation and discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries

(Opening up the world)

Curriculum links: History, Geography, English (spoken language)

Hampton Court is full of silk tapestries, costly spices and other treasures Tudor monarchs acquired from all around the world. In this session, a costumed presenter will lead pupils through the palace to understand how the world changed in Tudor times politically. Based both in the classroom and in the palace, pupils will use copies of Tudor navigational maps to develop methods of enquiry and analysis to understand why the Tudors sought to explore, and why they chose the routes they did, in the context of trade, profit and geopolitics.

Classroom activities include the use of objects to develop pupils’ understanding of Tudor expansion and exploration, and role play to tell the stories of the adventurous seafarers and merchants who risked their lives to bring exotic wares to England.

The session particularly supports pupils’ understanding of concepts such as expansion, civilisation and empire. There is also a strong Geography focus around locating world countries on maps, plus an emphasis on developing artistic drama practice.

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

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Upstairs, downstairs

Curriculum links: History

Led by a costumed presenter, this palace route-based session encourages pupils to explore the idea that Hampton Court is a palace of two halves. Using the palace as source material, pupils explore the notion of hierarchy and status within the Tudor court and how these are reflected in the buildings of the palace. This session develops pupils’ historical enquiry skills, highlighting that we can use architectural features and furnishings to understand the rank and status of those who would have used and occupied the lower and upper parts of the palace.

This session links well with The Ambassador's Secret Assignment digital mission.

When: Mondays to Friday; 10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration:
one hour
Price: £93 plus admission
Resources: Key Stage 2 resources >

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Exploring royal kitchens

(Royal kitchens)

Curriculum links: History, Science

Delivered by a costumed presenter in the Tudor kitchens, pupils will learn about the foods cooked and consumed at the palace and the necessary roles required to deliver this. The session supports historical enquiry through active exploration and participation.

This session links well with The Clerk's Fantastic Feast digital mission.

When: Mondays to Friday; 10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration: 
one hour
Price: £93 plus admission

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Resources

Exploring royal kitchens: teachers's notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

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