In October a group of over 50 students and 5 staff travelled to Richmond-upon- Thames to take in the spectacular Tudor Palace of Hampton Court. It was fascinating to explore Henry VIII’s stomping ground; students were able to sit down at the top table in his Great Hall, take in the intricate tapestries and original paintings and stroll through Anne Boleyn’s Gate. In order to further enrich their study of the period and their historical skills, the students also took part in an ‘Applying History’ hands-on session. They investigated primary sources including historic artefacts such as coins and archaeological material, as well as documentary sources to analyse how we know about the past, and to question to what extent this evidence can be trusted. Students participated enthusiastically and as a result we hope we have some future historians in our midst!
Alisa from Year 7 – “I really enjoyed the trip and I thought it was amazing to see the castle which was built so long ago. There were so many pictures, statues and art to look at! I really enjoyed visiting the palace!”
Katie from Year 7 – “I thought the trip was good because it taught me lots of new things about the Tudors! I saw lots of people walking around in costume which was great!”