A royal Christmas celebration

About this session

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 | Subjects: History | 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

  • Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • A local history study.

Booking information

Availability
11 November to 6 December 2019
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration
60 minutes
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£95 plus admission

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