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Stepping Back in Time

Stepping Back in Time

Years Three and Four have been to Hampton Court Palace this week to discover how the Tudors lived.

This was a perfect place for the children to see the palace where King Henry VIII and his wives lived. They were able to explore the different rooms in which Henry lived and greeted visitors and where he held important meetings.

The classes were in awe of the Tudor tapestries which drape the rooms and depict many of the stories they have been learning about in Year Four. The ornate sculptures on ceilings and statues evident throughout palace showed how King Henry liked to live in this beautiful setting.

The groups were led by a costumed guides on a route-based session.  From the materials in the buildings, they were able to imagine how King Henry and the wealthy used to live, compared with the poor. 

Here is what some children thought about their trip:

  “We enjoyed learning about the ‘the chain of being’ and how King Henry VIII beheaded people he didn’t like!”

  “I was very excited to see the enormous tapestries – they were amazing and I didn’t know that they were done during King Henry’s reign.”

 “The Great Hall was the best!”

Overall it was an excellent trip even though the weather wasn’t kind to us. The children learned a lot from the workshop, which portrayed how life was the palace with King Henry VIII.   An amazing place, very educational and worth a whole day’s family visit.