Opening up the world

Navigation and discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries

Navigation and discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, Geography | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Route-based, Classroom-based

Hampton Court is full of silk tapestries, costly spices and other treasures from across the world. Find out about adventurous seafarers and merchants who risked their lives to bring exotic wares to Tudor England.

In this session, a costumed presenter will lead children through the palace to understand how the world changed politically during the Tudor era. Children will look at copies of Tudor navigational maps to develop methods of enquiry and analysis to understand why the Tudors sought to explore, and why they chose the routes they did, in the context of trade, profit and geopolitics.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Use historical maps to understand knowledge and concepts of the world changed in Tudor times.
  • Develop methods of enquiry and analysis to understand why the Tudors sought to explore, and why they chose the routes they did.
  • Hypothesise about what drove captains, sailors, investors and monarchs to want to explore the world.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

History

  • Exploring a theme in British history that extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066 (changes in an aspect of social history).
  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make historical claims.

Geography

  • Locational knowledge - locating the world's countries using maps.
  • Human geography - describing and understanding trade links.

Booking information

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

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