A Royal Christmas Celebration

About this session

KS1 and KS2 | Subjects: History, English | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, Victorians | Session Type: Seasonal

Experience Christmas like the royals! Find out how celebrations changed through the ages.

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. 


English

  • Participating in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Booking information

Availability
2019 dates to be added soon.
Duration
One hour
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£95 plus admission

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Shop Anne Boleyn gifts

Shop our unique collection of Anne Boleyn books, jewellery and gifts.

Prices start from £2.50

Henry VIII pewter tankard

Henry VIII pewter tankard

Made from Sheffield pewter, this polished pint tankard features Henry VIII on one side and a brief history of Hampton Court Palace on the other.

£40.00

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration. Handmade using traditional techniques this luxury hanging decoration features Henry VIII in his arms and armour

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration

Take home your very own knight in shining armour with this Henry VIII hanging decoration.

£12.99