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An Extraordinary Tudor

Online school session

Online school session

about this session

Key stage 2 | Subject: History, English | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Online session

Explore life at Tudor court through the eyes of trumpeter John Blanke.

This fun and interactive session gives children the opportunity to examine evidence to find out what it tells us, and what it doesn’t tell us, about this extraordinary Tudor. Children are introduced to simple primary source material and everyday historical terms as we explore why we are more familiar with some historical figures than others and why John Blanke’s legacy is so important.

Hear from John Blanke about key moments in his life and explore evidence to uncover hidden stories while learning all about the important role of a trumpeter in the court of Henry VIII.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Use historical source evidence to find out information about lesser known historical figures.
  • Discover what life was like for a Tudor musician in the households of Henry VII and Henry VIII.
  • Learn about the lives of people of diverse heritage in 16th Century Britain.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • Exploring a theme in British history that extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry and how evidence is used to make historical claims.
  • Understanding how knowledge of the past is constructed through sources.
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Booking Information



09.30, 11.00, 13.30

Please allow 1 hour

35 students


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