The Prisoner's Perilous Plot

Digital Mission

Digital Mission

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors, Crime and Punishment | Session Type: Digital Mission

It's 1611 and William Seymour has been imprisoned in the Tower. Help William Seymour's loyal wife Arbella try and free him; she is under house arrest so desperately needs Time Explorers to assist her plot. 

You will need to work out where William is held, how tough the Tower’s defences are and what seemingly innocent items William could use in his escape. Be careful! If the guards get suspicious, Arbella might never see her husband again!

Learning Objectives
Children will:

  • Understand the Tower’s role as a prison, and the kind of prisoners that were kept there
  • Examine the features of the Tower that made it a good prison
  • Gather clues, and use information given, to devise a plan to help a prisoner escape

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:

Encouraging pupils to use the Tower of London as a primary source to weigh historical evidence. 

About Digital Missions

Digital missions are character-led adventures that encourage pupils to navigate and observe the palace spaces while solving challenges on an iPad.

Pupils are encouraged to use the palace as a primary source to weigh historical evidence. Working as part of a team, they will develop their perspective and judgement by exploring particular palace spaces in more detail.

Your school group will be shown a 'How to do a mission' film at the start and issued with one iPad between two pupils.


Booking information

10.30, 12.45 and 13.15
Approximately one hour
£2 per pupil, plus £3.95 admission

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Classroom resources

Film 1 - Before your visit

Film 2 - After your visit

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