Key Stage 2

Available 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, English
Topic: 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
Topic: Georgians
Session Type: Route-based

Secondary school students visit Hampton Court

Opening up the world

Hampton Court is full of silk tapestries, costly spices and other treasures from all around the world.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Route-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 and the necessary roles required to deliver this.

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

Detail of the stained-glass in the west window showing a likeness of King Henry VIII in the Great Hall. The glass was installed in 1845 to the designs of Thomas Willement.

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, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Object-handling

Jousting at Hampton Court Palace

Tudor Fun and Games

Explores the fascinating world of Tudor sports and pastimes.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, Design & Technology
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Object-handling

Secondary school students visit Hampton Court

Tudor Revels

Explore how Henry VIII was portrayed during his reign through entertainment (revels) at his court.

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 in the Great Hall where Shakespeare’s theatre company once did!

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

Young Henry

Henry VIII began his reign full of fun and energy before he became the obese tyrant we recognise today. 

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

Performance, paintings and propaganda

Look at 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

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: Drama, History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Classroom-based

Mathematical Mayhem

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

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

Plants and Princes

Take a tour through history where kings and queens once walked.

Key Stage 2
Subject: History, Geography, Science, Art & Design, Design & Technology
Topics:Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians
Session Type: Route-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, Art & Design, Design & Technology
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Seasonal

Digital Missions

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 and we need your help to 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

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