Key Stage 1 sessions

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

Early Years and Reception schoolchildren at Hampton Court Palace

Once upon a time

Can your children help a nervous new monarch as they explore the palace? Work together to teach their new friend how to be more confident, even when things are scary and new.

Early Years Foundation Stage
Subject: Literacy, PSHE
Topic: Historic environment
Session Type: Route-based

View of the ceiling detail of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace

Palace patterns

Meet a member of the Tudor household and solve a real life Tudor maths problem.

Key Stage 1
Subject: Maths, History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Route-based, Classroom-based

The Kitchen Garden looking south east

Established in the late 17th century, the Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court produced vast amounts of fruit and vegetables for the royal table. Today, the garden has been re-created to its 18th century heyday, using the planting pattern laid down by the palace’s Georgian gardeners.

Royal gardens

Explore how the royal gardeners grew plants from across the globe for kings and queens as food, medicine and for pleasure.

Key Stage 1
Subject: History, Geography, Science, Art & Design
Topic: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians
Session Type: Route-based

A Live Interpreter dressed as a Tudor Yeoman of the Guard, wearing a red livery coat with HR and Tudor Rose, and holding a halberd.

Tudor times

Take a trip through time at Hampton Court Palace as you learn how the English monarchy has changed over the centuries.

Key Stage 1
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Classroom-based

Historic Kitchen Staff at Hampton Court Palace prepare roast beef on the spit in early Summer 2016.

A royal Christmas celebration

Find out how Christmas was celebrated at Hampton Court Palace in the past.

Key Stage 1 and 2
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Seasonal

The Kitchen Garden, looking south-east. Showing a flowerbed with summer planting along the pathway in the foreground and Hampton Court Palace behind the brick garden wall in the background.

Fit for a queen

Find out about how food makes its way from field to fork using objects, art-based activities and drama. 

Key Stage 1
Subjects: History, Science, Art, English
Topics: Stuarts
Session Type: Seasonal

School children visiting Hampton Court Palace.

A royal Tudor christening

Find out about the the preparations that would have taken place in the lead up to the royal christening through discussion, role play and improvisations. 

Key Stage 1
Subject: History, English
Topic: Tudors
Session Type: Route-based, Classroom-based