Playing the King

Arts Award - Explore

Arts Award - Explore

About this session

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

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

Led by an experienced drama specialist, this session encourages children to take part in drama activities to 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 children to understand that performance can be a tool for understanding by putting themselves in someone else’s shoes.

Learning Objectives
Children will:

  • Discover that there was another side to the iconic image of “Henry the old tyrant”.
  • Learn that performance can be a tool for understanding the past by putting themselves in someone else’s shoes.
  • Understand the causes of the changes in Henry VIII’s personality.

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:

History

  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make historical claims.
  • Discovering a theme in British history that extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

English:

  • Discovering the artistic practice of drama.

 

Booking information

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

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