Key Stage 1 sessions

Early Years and Reception school children at Hampton Court Palace

Once upon a time

Can you help the explorer on their quest to find the magical beasts at Hampton Court Palace, and hear the story of how they helped King Henry VIII?

Early Years Foundation Stage
Subject: Literacy, PHSE
Topic: Historic environment
Session Type: Route-based

The Kitchen Garden looking south east

Established in the late 17th century, the Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court produced vast amounts of fruit and vegetables for the royal table. Today, the garden has been re-created to its 18th century heyday, using the planting pattern laid down by the palace’s Georgian gardeners.

Royal gardens

Explore how the royal gardeners grew plants from across the globe for kings and queens as food, medicine and for pleasure.

Key Stage 1
Subject: History, Geography, Science, Art & Design
Topic: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians
Session Type: Route-based

School children visiting Hampton Court Palace.

A royal Tudor christening

Think about the the preparations that would have taken place in the lead up to the royal christening through discussion, role play and improvisations. 

Key Stage 1
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Route-based, Classroom-based

A Live Interpreter dressed as a Tudor Yeoman of the Guard, wearing a red livery coat with HR and Tudor Rose, and holding a halberd.

Tudor times

Take a trip through time at Hampton Court Palace as you learn how the English monarchy has changed over the centuries.

Key Stage 1
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Classroom-based

Historic Kitchen Staff at Hampton Court Palace prepare roast beef on the spit in early Summer 2016.

A royal Christmas celebration

Find out how Christmas was celebrated at Hampton Court Palace in the past.

Key Stage 1 and 2
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors, Stuarts, Victorians 
Session Type: Seasonal

The Kitchen Garden, looking south-east. Showing a flowerbed with summer planting along the pathway in the foreground and Hampton Court Palace behind the brick garden wall in the background.

Fit for a queen

Think about how food makes its way from field to fork using objects, art-based activities and drama. 

Key Stage 1
Subjects: History, Science, Art, English
Topics: Stuarts
Session Type: Seasonal

The Chapel Royal ceiling. Detail showing carved and gilded gold pendants.

Palace patterns

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

Key Stage 1
Subject: Maths, History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Route-based, Classroom-based