Inventors and Innovation

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, Design & Technology, Art & Design, English (spoken language) | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians | Session Type: Route-based

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

Led by a Georgian costumed presenter, pupils will use the palace as a primary source to inspire their own hypotheses on what constitutes an invention. Students will see the breadth of innovation at Hampton Court in this route-based session.

Learning Objectives
Children will:

  • Discover that innovation is a continuum over time with knowledge and discovery passed from the past to the present.
  • Analyse how inventors and innovators generate, hone and implement their ideas.
  • Create their own hypothesis around what constitutes an invention.

National Curriculum Links

This session supports:


  • Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066 (legacy of art/architecture).
  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make historical claims. 

English - spoken language

  • Articulating and justifying answers, arguments and opinions.
  • Developing understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.

Design and Technology

  • Understanding how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.

Art and Design: 

  • Learning about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Booking information

10.45, 12.45 
90 minutes
Capacity Up to 35 pupils
£105 plus admission

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