Key Stage 2 sessions

The Queen's Staircase, looking north-west. Showing wall paintings by William Kent.

Inventors and innovation

Explore the royal court as the centre of invention and innovation over the ages.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, Design & Technology, Art & Design, English
Topic: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians
Session Type: Route-based

Georgian architect stood in Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace.

Monarchs through the ages

Imagine you are members of William III’s Privy Council. Your task is to find a suitable council chamber in the palace.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English, Art & Design
Topic: Tudors, Stuarts
Session Type: Route-based

Secondary school students visit Hampton Court

Opening up the world

Explore the palace to understand how the world changed in Tudor times politically.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, Geography, English 
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Route-based, Classroom-based

Secondary school students visit Hampton Court

Upstairs, downstairs

Hampton Court is a palace of two halves. Explore how hierarchy and status are reflected in the buildings of the palace.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Route-based

Exploring royal kitchens

Learn about the foods cooked and consumed at Hampton Court Palace.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Route-based

Detail of Henry VIII stained glass from the west window in The Great Hall

Questioning the past

Henry VIII is one of England's most famous kings - but who was the real man behind the stereotype? 

Key Stage 2
Subject: History
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Exploring evidence, Classroom-based

Jousting at Hampton Court Palace

Tudor fun and games

Discover the fascinating world of Tudor sports and pastimes. 

Key Stage 2
Subject: History
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Object handling

Secondary school students visit Hampton Court

Tudor revels

Explore how Henry VIII was portrayed through court entertainment during his reign. 

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Classroom-based

Secondary school students visit Hampton Court

In Shakespeare's shoes

Explore Shakespeare’s poetry and perform in the Great Hall. 

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Classroom-based

Young Henry

Henry VIII began his reign full of fun and energy. However, the break with Rome marked a turning point in English history and for Henry as a monarch.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Classroom-based

The Wolsey Closet, looking south west, showing the rich decoration and colour of the lost Tudor interiors

Performance, paintings and propaganda

Explore how Tudor art was used to record and convey messages about Henry VIII as a monarch. 

Key Stage 2
Subject: English, History
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Classroom-based

A live interpreter in the role of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace.

Playing the king

Henry VIII wasn’t always a fat, old tyrant! Use drama to challenge the traditional stereotype of this iconic monarch.

Key Stage 2
Subject: Art & Design, History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Classroom-based

Mathematical mayhem

Explore the Tudor palace, meet a member of the Tudor household and solve a real life Tudor maths problem!

Key Stage 2
Subject: Maths, History
Topics: Tudors
Session Type: Classroom-based

Plants and princes

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

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, Geography, Science, Art & Design
Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians
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.

From field to fork

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

Key Stage 2 
Subjects: History, Science, Art, English, Design & Technology 
Topics: Stuarts
Session Type: Seasonal

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

Digital Missions

Actor in costume as Venetian Ambassador

The ambassador's secret assignment

You've been sent by the Venetian Ambassador to spy on Henry VIII’s court. 

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Digital Mission, Route-based

Georgian architect stood in Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace.

The architect's design dilemma

It's 1714! Help decide if Hampton Court is stylish enough for the new king, George I, to keep.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topic: Georgians
Session Type: Digital Mission, Route-based

The clerk's fantastic feast

Help Queen Katherine impress Henry VIII with a surprise feast for all his court. 

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topic: Georgians
Session Type: Digital Mission, Route-based