Questioning the past through costume

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Examining evidence, Classroom-based

What can clothes tell us about the person who is wearing them? The Tudors made expert use of clothing to express wealth and status.

This session provides pupils with the opportunity to study luxurious replica garments to understand materials, money and rank and to identify similarities and differences between Tudor and modern clothing, and the lives of the rich and poor.

Two pupils will be able to dress up in full Tudor costume, and every child will be able to try on items of replica Tudor clothing and accessories.

Learning outcomes
Children will:

  • Find out about the types of clothing worn by individuals in the Tudor period, particularly in the royal court.
  • Use their knowledge to draw comparisons between their own lives and the lives of people in the Tudor period.
  • Have a sense of empathy for what it would be like wearing the clothes and how it would affect behaviour.

National Curriculum links
This session supports:

  • Development of historical enquiry skills.
  • Participating in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Identifying similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

Booking information

Available until end of summer term 2019
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
One hour
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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