On Friday 23rd February, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 visited Hampton Court Palace, once home to King Henry VIII. This was part of the Year 3&4 topic on Monarchy, but a fantastic opportunity for all pupils to experience a fantastic historic location.

We explored the exhibit on Young Henry VIII, which was excellent at challenging long held misconceptions about Henry, something that is important to do as effective historians. We explored different sources, questioned their reliability and learnt a lot about how Henry was an effective monarch for a lot of his life. We also managed to see Henry’s Kitchens, the Great Hall, and even completed some maths work to help design another Dining Hall for Lady Beth!

Linked to our CIPS work, pupils tackled the day armed with iPads with the challenge of taking control of their learning and selecting items of particular interest or importance, and we will soon be putting these into iMovie and Book Creator.

The pupils did a fantastic job throughout the day, representing the School wonderfully with excellent behaviour and a great attitude towards the challenge that they were given.