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Playing the King

Arts Award - Explore

Arts Award - Explore

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English (spoken language and artistic practice of drama) | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Classroom-based

Henry VIII wasn’t always a fat, old tyrant! This classroom-based drama session challenges the traditional stereotype of this iconic monarch, plotting his life from his early reign through to his final years as king.

Through taking part in drama activities, pupils will find out about key changes in Henry’s life that shaped him both as a monarch and a man.

This session especially focuses on the changing role of a monarch through drama, enabling pupils to understand that performance can be a tool for understanding by putting themselves in someone else’s shoes.

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:

  • Understanding how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Understanding some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
  • Participating in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Adopting, creating and sustaining a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role.


Booking information

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10.45, 12.45
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£103 plus admission

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