Upstairs, Downstairs

About this session

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

Hampton Court is a palace of two halves. Explore how hierarchy and status are reflected in the buildings of the palace.

Led by a costumed presenter, this session encourages children to explore the idea that Hampton Court is a palace of two halves. Using the palace as source material, children explore the notion of hierarchy and status within the Tudor court and how these are reflected in the buildings of the palace.

This session develops children’s historical enquiry skills, highlighting that we can use architectural features and furnishings to understand the rank and status of those who would have used and occupied the lower and upper parts of the palace.

This session links well with The Ambassador's Secret Assignment digital mission.

Learning Objectives
Children will:

  • Understand hierarchy and status within the Tudor court and how these are reflected in the buildings of the Tudor Palace.
  • Learn about the function and roles in a Tudor court.
  • Develop methods of historical enquiry through using the palace as source material to understand how evidence is used to make historical claims.

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:
History

  • Exploring a theme in British history that extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
    Understanding the methods of historical enquiry and how evidence is used to make historical claims.
  • Understanding how knowledge of the past is constructed through sources.

Booking information

Availability

Monday-Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration

One hour

Capacity

Up to 35 pupils

Price

£95 plus admission

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