In Shakespeare's shoes

Arts Award - Explore

Arts Award - Explore

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English (spoken language, reading, writing composition) | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Classroom-based

Be inspired by the bard at Hampton Court!

Children will explore Shakespeare’s poetry using it as inspiration to create and perform their own work in the Great Hall where Shakespeare’s theatre company once performed to King James I! Led by a costumed presenter, children will draw inspiration from the Tudor palace to inspire their own written or oral compositions. 

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Understand the creative writing process, by taking part in it.
  • Explore poetry (in particular the English sonnet form) and gain confidence in its complexity and use of language.
  • Learn about Hampton Court as an important cultural site, directly and contemporarily linked to Shakespeare and the English Renaissance in creative writing, performance and poetry.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

English (spoken language)

  • Participating in performances.

English (reading)

  • Preparing poems to read aloud and perform.

  • Identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.

English (writing composition)

  • Performing their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume and movement so that meaning is clear.

Booking information

Monday - Wednesday
10.45 & 12.45
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£105 plus admission

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