A royal Christmas celebration

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About this session

KS1 and KS2 (suitable for Reception) | Subjects: History, R.E. | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Seasonal

Experience Christmas like the royals! Find out how the Tudors celebrated Christmas.

Children will find out how Christmas was celebrated at Hampton Court Palace in the past, to use the palace as evidence for unlocking the past and to explore through games, storytelling, art and craft. 

The session includes a tour of the Tudor palace and the opportunity to make a crown to take home. 

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Learn that Christmas hasn’t always been celebrated the way we celebrate it now.
  • Discover that some of our modern Christmas traditions have their beginnings a long time ago, and some are much more recent in origin.
  • Find out that in the past, Christmas was a celebration more centred around religion than it is now.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

History

  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.

  • Understanding significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Booking information

Availability
2020 dates to be announced shortly.
Duration
60 minutes
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£95 plus admission (KS1 and KS2)
£95 (Reception)

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Session notes for teachers

Key information for your school visit to Hampton Court Palace.

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The Pond Gardens, looking north. Summer bedding is displayed in the flower beds.
Things to see

Discover the sunken gardens created for Henry VIII and transformed by Mary II.

Daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Events

Take a journey through 500 years of royal music, commissioned especially for this concert by Rachel Long.

Cancelled

Tower of London

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

British Sign Language (BSL) guide in the King's Guard Chamber of Hampton Court Palace explaining/guiding to a visitor
Tours and talks

Book a place on a British Sign Language (BSL) tour of Hampton Court Palace and discover its wonderful stories.

Next tour: Postponed

Hampton Court Palace

10:30-12:30, 13:30-15:30 and 16:00-17:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Embroidered and hand painted Tudor rose, displayed in a wooden frame.

Shop Tudor gifts

Browse through our Tudor Collection to find a whole range of products based on the Tudors.

Prices from £9.99

Tudor Rose Cushion - Perfect for a history lover, this Tudor rose cushion symbolises the joining of two rival houses, York and Lancaster.

Tudor Rose cushion

Perfect for a history lover, this Tudor rose cushion symbolises the joining of two rival houses, York and Lancaster.

£40.00

Anne Boleyn 'B' initial necklace mug

Anne Boleyn 'B' initial necklace mug

Anne Boleyn's 'B' initial necklace is arguably one of the most famous pieces of Tudor jewellery and is visible in many Anne Boleyn portraits. This exquisite stoneware mug features a unique interpretation of Anne Boleyn's 'B' initial pendant on a dramatic black glaze.

£9.99