Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

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Engaging and challenging sessions to get your KS3 students thinking! Give your students the opportunity to investigate history through a source-based approach in which they investigate the palace buildings themselves as well as a variety of historic and replica objects.

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What we offer 

Enquiry sessions

One hour sessions in which students explore key events in the history curriculum. From the building of Hampton Court Palace by Cardinal Wolsey, its use as a leisure palace by Henry VIII and many of his wives, through the turmoil of changes in Tudor religion under Henry’s children, to the dynastic changes of the Glorious Revolution under William and Mary and the Georgians, these sessions will immerse your students in our palaces and their stories. 

Applying history at Hampton Court Palace >
Henry to Mary: a religious rollercoaster >
Elizabeth I: politics and power >
Tudor kitchens revealed >
(In)glorious revolution >

Depth studies

Our palaces offer the ideal setting for an in-depth local history study day exploring the changing functions and use of Tower of London or Hampton Court Palace. Depth studies will encourage students to critically examine primary source material, to test how far these sites reflect the changes in local and national history.

More than a palace? 500 years of history in one site >


Enquiry Sessions

Applying history at Hampton Court Palace

This session will give students the skills to become a historian for the day. They will use primary sources including historic artefacts such as coins and archaeological material, as well as documentary sources to analyse how we know about the past, and to question to what extent this evidence can be trusted.

Investigating history supports the key processes of historical enquiry, in using evidence to make rigorous historic claims, and understanding how contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed, using primary evidence to support or disprove these beliefs.

When: Monday to Friday, 10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: £93 plus admission

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Resources

Applying history: teachers notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Applying history: artefacts (PDF 5.45MB)
For KS3 teachers, detailed information on the Hampton Court artefacts handled in the Investigating history session.

Applying history: chronology (PDF 95.9KB)
For KS3 teachers, a handy timeline of events in Hampton Court’s history

 

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Henry to Mary: a religious rollercoaster

In the Tudor period, religion was a key issue: the country was catholic then protestant, back to catholic, and the rollercoaster of religious changes led to widespread confusion and turmoil. At Hampton Court Palace students will explore primary evidence and analyse the changes of monarch’s religion to their subjects in one of the key locations where religious and political decisions were made.

When: Monday to Friday, 10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: £93 plus admission

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Resources

Henry to Mary: a religious rollercoaster: teachers' notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Henry to Mary: a religious rollercoaster: chronology (PDF 2.94MB)For KS3 teachers, a detailed chronology of the religious changes in the Tudor period.

Henry to Mary: a religious rollercoaster: characters (PDF 2.94MB)
For KS3 teachers, here are the key characters in Tudor religious upheaval.

 

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Elizabeth I: politics and power

In 1562 Elizabeth I contracted smallpox at Hampton Court Palace and lay delirious, apparently on the point of death. It was one of the most intense succession crisies of her reign. Led by a costumed interpreter, students will take on the role of the Queen's counsellors at the time of great danger. They will take part in a heated debate: if the Queen dies, who should have the throne?

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

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Resources

Elizabeth, power and politics: teachers' notes (PDF) 
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Elizabeth, power and politics: Family tree (PDF 2.94MB)
For KS3 teachers, a family tree of the Tudor dynasty and potential claimants to the English throne in 1562.

 

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Tudor kitchens revealed

Running a Tudor Court was a difficult and expensive job. Rivalries simmered in the hot kitchens, as people vied for the best jobs running Henry VIII’s household. In the heart of the Tudor kitchens, students will explore behind the scenes stories of how the Tudor court was run, who ate what, and the real cost of Henry’s extravagant court.

When: Monday to Friday, 10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: £93 plus admission

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Resources

Tudor kitchens revealed: teachers' notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Tudor kitchens revealed:chronology (PDF 96KB)
For KS3 teachers, this quick chronology gives the key moments in the history of the kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Tudor kitchens revealed: Tudor table manners (PDF 96KB)
For KS3 teachers, this document details the manners required at a Tudor table.

 

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(In)glorious revolution

The year is 1688 and Britain has been invaded by a foreign prince! How did this Dutch invasion come to be known as the Glorious Revolution? What led the British public to invite a foreigner to rule their country?  How did James II’s Catholic views lead to his desertion of the throne? Students will discover how William’s arrival changed the face of British politics and the role of parliament for centuries, and why Hampton Court was remodelled to rival the French palace of Versailles. 

When: Monday to Friday, 10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: £93 plus admission

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Resources

(In)glorious revolution: teachers' notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

(In)glorious revolution:chronology (PDF 98KB)
For KS3 teachers, this quick chronology gives the key events leading up to the Glorious Revolution of 1688, and William and Mary’s building of building of Hampton Court Palace.

(In)glorious revolution: characters (PDF 440KB)
For KS3 teachers, here are the key characters of the Glorious Revolution of 1688

 

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Depth Studies 

More than a palace? 500 years of history in one site

Hampton Court has been the place of over 500 years of history. In this session students will explore how the palace has changed over the centuries, from its Tudor beginnings to its modern day use. This is an ideal session to support the national curriculum; a local history study. Through in-depth study students will develop their skills of historical enquiry, using primary source materials in the form of historic artefacts and paintings to understand how the palace reflects changes in the local and national history. 

Duration: 2.5 hours
Price: £186 plus admission

How to book

Resources

More than a palace: teachers' notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

 

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