Key Stage 3 Tudor trail

About this trail

KS3 | Subject: History | Topic: Tudors | Session Type: Self-led trail

Was Henry VIII motivated primarily by the pursuit of pleasure or a thirst for power? Using this trail, students will explore the palace independently analysing contemporary source material to form conclusions.

Working in pairs or small groups students will follow our Tudor route examining symbols, artwork and architectural clues to assess Henry’s motivations.

Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • Explore history where it happened examining the physical evidence left behind.
  • Identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within the Tudor period.
  • Pursue historically valid enquiries including some they have framed themselves, and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response.

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 people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

Booking information

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (during term time).

Groups must arrive in time for their allocated time slot. Entry slots will be available from 10:15 - 13:45.

To encourage collaboration, you will receive one activity trail for every two students. We advise that students work in groups of ten with a supervising adult.

£4.10 per pupil, price includes admission.

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Session notes for teachers

Key information for your school visit to Hampton Court Palace.

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Trail map preview

Take a look at the trail map ahead of your visit. Printed copies will be available on arrival at the palace.

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