Young Henry

Arts Award - Explore

Arts Award - Explore

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will re-open 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

About this session

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

Find out about the series of key events that saw King Henry VIII begin to change into the “obese tyrant” we recognise today.

Children will develop their drama skills by acting out key events from Henry’s early life as a monarch, thinking critically and weighing evidence, to discover why the Tudor king changed so dramatically in later life, and the impact that this had on the country as a whole.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Discover through drama about events throughout Henry’s reign that resulted in the break with the Roman Church.
  • Find out about Henry’s personality, lifestyle and appearance in the early years of his reign, and why Hampton Court would have appealed to him.
  • Discover why Henry’s personality changed as he got older.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry.
  • Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066 – theme of the changing role of the monarch.


  • Developing the artistic practice of drama; speaking and listening.

Booking information

Monday - Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
60 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission

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