Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

A key stage three session

Find out more about the informative and entertaining learning sessions held at the Tower of London for groups of Key Stage 3 children.

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What we offer

Enquiry Sessions

One hour sessions in which students explore key events in the history curriculum. From the Norman Conquest to Tudor religion through to more contemporary history such as the role of the Tower in the First World War, these sessions will immerse your students in our palaces and their stories.

Applying History at the Tower of London >
Who killed the Princes in the Tower? >
Imprisonment, execution and escape: Elizabethan religious upheaval >
1066 and that: the Norman Tower of London > 

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. 

Just a castle? 1000 years of history in one World Heritage Site >


Enquiry sessions

Applying History at the Tower of London

(Applying History TOL)

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.

Applying 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.

Wednesday to Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30

60 minutes

£93 plus admission

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Resources

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

Applying History: chronology (PDF, 57.3KB)
For KS3 teachers, this quick chronology gives the key events in the Tower’s history.

Applying History: artefacts (PDF, 670KB)
For KS3 teachers, detailed information on the Tower of London artifacts handled in the What is history? session.

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Who killed the Princes in the Tower?

(Princes in the Tower)

It is 1485, two years after the mysterious disappearance of the two princes, the young sons of Edward IV. Their uncle, Richard, is now King Richard III and the people of England want answers. In the role of lords and ladies from around the country, your students will get the chance to put their questions to the king, and try to discover what happened to the two princes.

Wednesday to Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30

60 minutes

£93 plus admission

How to book

Resources

Who killed the princes in the Tower: teachers' notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Who killed the princes in the Tower: chronology (PDF, 55.9KB)

For KS3 teachers this quick chronology gives the key dates in the lead up to the disappearance of the princes in the Tower.

Who killed the princes in the Tower: characters (PDF, 1.06MB)
For KS3 teachers here are the key characters relating to the princes in the Tower.

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Imprisonment, execution and escape: Elizabethan religious upheaval

(Elizabethan Prisoners)

In this session students will hear exciting stories of the Tower’s dark Elizabethan history. They will question why were people in trouble for being the ‘wrong’ religion; they will investigate the spaces used as Tudor prison cells. Was it possible to escape? You will be guided around the Tower to investigate the unique conditions in which Elizabethan religious prisoners lived and died.

Monday to Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30

60 minutes

£93 plus admission

How to book

Resources

Imprisonment, execution and escape: teachers' notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Imprisonment, execution and escape: Elizabethan religious upheaval: chronology (PDF, 29.2KB)
For KS3 teachers, detailed information on the chronology of Tudor religion.

Imprisonment, execution and escape: Elizabethan religious upheaval: characters (PDF, 1.33MB)
For KS3 teachers, here are the key characters in Tudor religious upheaval.

Imprisonment, execution and escape: Elizabethan religious upheaval: family tree (PDF,2.95MB)
A useful Tudor family tree for the reign of Elizabeth I.

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1066 and all that: the Norman Tower of London

(Norman Tower)

It is 1097 and William I's greatest fortress and palace, the White Tower, has just been completed. One of William's courtiers will help students explore this magnificent keep, examining its exterior, defences and symbolic power as the great 'Norman fist on Anglo-Saxon soil'.

This session especially supports the key concepts of significance and interpretation, analysing the purpose and impact of the White Tower, and the key process of using evidence.

Monday to Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30

60 minutes

£93 plus admission

How to book

Resources

1066 and all that: teachers' notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

1066 and all that: chronology (PDF, 53.5KB)
For KS3 teachers, a timeline of the Norman Tower of London.

1066 and all that: characters (PDF, 753KB)
For KS3 teachers, they key characters related to the Norman Tower.

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Standing in front of the White Tower gives a real sense of power and force.

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Depth studies

Just a castle? 1000 years of history in one World Heritage Site

(Just a castle)

The Tower of London is the site of nearly 1000 years of history. In this session students will discover the changing functions and use of the Tower over time. This depth study will encourage students to critically examine primary source material including the buildings and historic artefacts and documents to test how far these sites reflect the changes in local and national history.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30

2.5 hours

£186 plus admission

How to book

Resources

Just a castle: teachers' notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Just a castle: chronology (PDF, 57.3KB)
For KS3 teachers, a really useful timeline of the Tower of London from its Norman roots to twentieth century history.

Just a castle: artefacts (PDF, 670KB)
For KS3 teachers, detailed information on the Tower of London artefacts handled in the You are here session.

Just a castle: characters (PDF, 660KB)
For KS3 teachers, the key characters related to the Tower of London from its Norman foundations to the twentieth century. 

Just a castle: functions of the Tower (PDF, 33.1KB)
A classroom activity and resource to discuss the role of the Tower and its various functions over time.

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Always a super day at the Tower - the students really enjoyed the day and certainly gained from it.

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Your visit

The video below will help you to prepare for your school's visit to the Tower of London. Familiarise yourself with the layout of the Tower and meet some of the key people and characters you will see during your visit.


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