Young Henry

Arts Award - Explore

Arts Award - Explore

About this session

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

Henry VIII began his reign full of fun and energy. However, the break with Rome marked a turning point in English history and a series of key events meant that Henry began 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 monarch 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

English – spoken language

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

Booking information

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
One hour
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission

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