Elizabeth I: Politics and Power

About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Elizabethans, Tudors | Session Type: Classroom-based

In 1562 Elizabeth I contracted smallpox at Hampton Court Palace and lay delirious, apparently on the point of death. Who would rule next? The Court faces a terrible dilemma – deciding the next monarch.

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.

Learning Objectives
Students will:

  • Investigate what would have happened had Elizabeth I died, and the motivations behind the developments that did take place.
  • Develop their skills in use of source evidence to inform historical debate through the issue of succession.


National Curriculum Links
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 different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discerning how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Booking information

Availability
Thursday and Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
Duration
One hour
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£95 plus admission

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