The clerk's fantastic feast

Digital mission

Digital mission

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Digital Mission, Route-based

It is 1543 and Katherine Parr has just become Henry VIII’s sixth wife. It’s a dangerous job being married to Henry, so Queen Katherine wants to impress him with a surprise feast for all his court. She’s counting on you to help the clerk prepare this amazing banquet. If you fail, she could be in major trouble, so good luck! 

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:

  • Understanding how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Understanding historical concepts such as similarity, difference and significance.
  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry and consider how evidence is used to make historical claims.
  • Asking perceptive questions.

About Digital Missions

Digital missions are character-led adventures that encourage pupils to navigate and observe the palace spaces while solving challenges on a tablet. They are a self-led resource to support classes to explore the palace independently.

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 tablet between two pupils.

Supported by Mitsubishi Electric.

Booking information

Monday, Tuesday
11.15,12.45, 13.15
One hour
£2.00 per pupil, plus £3.95 admission

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Classroom resources

Film 1 - Before your visit

Film 2 - Before your visit

Film 3 - After your visit

Film 4 - After your visit

The Clerk's Fantastic Feast: Teacher toolkit

Lesson ideas and resources to support your classroom learning before and after your visit.

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Session notes for teachers

Key information about your school visit to Hampton Court.

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