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Key stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Elizabethans, Tudors | Session type: Classroom-based
It is 1562, and Queen Elizabeth I contracted smallpox. She lies delirious at Hampton Court Palace, apparently on the point of death. Who would rule next? The Court faces a terrible dilemma – deciding who will carry on the Tudor line.
Students will take on the role of the Queen's counsellors at this time of great danger. Through examination of the evidence and debating the major contenders for the throne, they will make the ultimate decision on the future of England.
- Investigate what would have happened had Elizabeth I died, and explore the motivations behind the developments that did take place.
- Develop their skills in use of source evidence to inform historical debate.
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This session supports:
- The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745.
- Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions.
- Understanding how people's lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influences and been influenced by the wider world.