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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,  English (spoken language) | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Route-based, Classroom-based

Hampton Court is full of silk tapestries, costly spices and other treasures Tudor monarchs acquired from all around the world. In this session, a costumed presenter will lead pupils through the palace to understand how the world changed in Tudor times politically.

Based both in the classroom and in the palace, pupils will use 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.

Classroom activities include the use of objects to develop pupils’ understanding of Tudor expansion and exploration, and role play to tell the stories of the adventurous seafarers and merchants who risked their lives to bring exotic wares to England.

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:

  • Understanding of concepts such as expansion, civilisation and empire.
  • A strong Geography focus around locating world countries on maps.
  • Emphasis on developing artistic drama practice.

Booking information

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
10.45, 12.45
90 Minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£103 plus admission

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