The Changing Power of Kings and Queens

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English (spoken language) | Topic: Victorians, Stuarts | Session Type: Route-based

What would you do if you were a queen or king? Take a trip through time at Kensington Palace as you learn how the English monarchy has changed over the centuries.

A costumed presenter will lead you through the lives of those who lived at Kensington Palace, including Queen Victoria, William and Mary, as well as many others. Pupils will discover how the role of the monarchy in Britain has changed from one where kings and queens could rule as they pleased, to having to share power with Parliament.

Designed to develop children’s chronological understanding of British history, this session covers a range of time frames that helps it to fit into any unit of study that explores the monarchy post-1066.

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:

  • Exploring a local history study post-1066.
  • Investigating a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • Constructing informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • Noting connections, contrasts and trends over time and developing the appropriate use of historical terms.
  • Asking relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge. 
  • Articulating and justifying answers, arguments and opinions. 
  • Using spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas. 
  • To participate in discussions and debates.

Booking information

Booking information
Tuesday, Thursday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
60 minutes
35 students
£93 per session (free student admission)

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