Year 4 Visit Hampton Court Palace
Year 4 braved the snow on Monday 26th February to visit Henry VIII’s palace at Hampton Court.
They were thrilled to actually see the place where so many key events from Henry’s life took place, from the birth of his much-longed-for son, Edward to the death of his third wife, Jane Seymour.
The children saw the vast kitchens where meals were prepared for between 600 and 1,000 people at a time and imagined what it would have been like to turn the spit over the fire as it threw out heat at up to a thousand degrees!
They investigated the controversies surrounding Henry’s many marriages and were able to question and observe actors in character and look at original portraits of the historical characters that they have been learning about in school.
The children learned about Henry’s meetings with King Francis I of France, another young king whom Henry met in splendid style in Calais at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, where the fountains ran with wine and a dragon (or was it a rogue firework?) was sighted flying in the sky!
Year 4 learned a lot from their encounter with Lady Zouche, who gave them a variety of historical sources to help answer questions about aspects of Henry VIII’s reign. The children learned not to take information at face value and that the answers to historical questions are rarely straightforward and are open to argument and interpretation.
It was a fantastic and enriching day out for all.