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Key Stage 2

Create a Stone Age shelter, discover the Romans, find Viking hoards or Cure Princess Catherine of Aragon, how will your students experience the Palace’s long history?

History

Stone Age

Could you survive in a Stone Age community?

90 mins/£130 per session

Stone Age is an exciting, all-outdoors exploration of life in a community which lived at Fulham Palace 6,000 years ago. Pupils create their own Stone Age settlement using the plentiful resources of the land and river. The spiritual importance of the river challenges pupils to ask perceptive questions including why archaeologists discover prehistoric objects within its watery depths.

Pupils handle replica Stone Age tools found at Fulham Palace, such as flints, arrowheads and hand axes. To build the settlement, they devise traps and shelters, identify and look for useful plants and use art to make the community space their own. Finally, they will take part in a ceremony to celebrate the importance of the river.

National Curriculum Links:
  • Devise and ask perceptive questions
  • Develop a secure knowledge about the Stone Age

Romans

The Fulham Roman villa

90 mins/ £130 per session

Who were the Romans? What was Roman life like? How did the Roman Empire change Britain?

Travel back in time to AD 208, and experience living in the Fulham Roman villa. Pupils wear costumes from our extensive collection; grind spices on mortaria, and handle original Roman objects. Pupils will put themselves in the sandals of Britons and Romans, and learn how daily life was changing under the rule of Emperor Septimius Severus. They will recreate the villa, discuss and debate the issues of the time including changes in culture and beliefs.

National Curriculum Links:
  • Explore the historical concept of change, cause and consequence
  • Study the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain including technology, culture and beliefs through the study of the Fulham Palace villa site

Vikings and Anglo-Saxons

War or peace?

90 mins/ £130 per session

It is AD 878, Viking Invaders are in their longboats, journeying across the stormy seas, around the rocky British coast, safely up the Thames to finally settle at Fulham.

Pupils will learn how archaeologists date items and use re-enactment to understand the past. Additional historical evidence is deciphered using the Anglo-Saxon chronicles (AD 871 – 899), which record the events of AD 878. Pupils will be challenged to ask perceptive questions about Anglo-Saxon defences at Fulham, why the Vikings left their homeland and what happened when they arrived on the border with Alfred’s forces at Fulham.

Pupils handle replica objects, such as Viking armour, weapons, jewellery and coins and wear Viking costumes. They re-enact the journey from Scandinavia through music and drama. To conclude the session, pupils discuss whether they think the Danelaw border at Fulham was warlike or peaceful.

National Curriculum Links:
  • Viking raids and invasion

Tudors

Princess Catherine of Aragon Needs Your Help!

90 mins/£130 per session

One of Fulham Palace’s most famous residents needs the help of apothecary apprentices to discover how to cure her illness. In 1506, Catherine and her household were sent to live at Fulham Palace, believing the country air would be beneficial for her health. King Henry VII sent letters every day to ask about her health.

Examining the roles of apothecaries, physicians and surgeons, pupils will uncover fascinating and amusing facts about medicine. How did Tudors cure headaches? What illness was treated by wearing the skin of a donkey? What were the Four Humours? A trip to the Palace vinery is a chance to investigate the herbs and cures used to help Catherine get better.

We explore the unknown story of Henry VIII’s first wife and the importance of Fulham Palace as an estate. Pupils will think critically, weigh evidence and develop new perspectives.

National Curriculum Links:
  • Study the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national achievements.
  • Understand the complexity of the Tudor monarchy through the life of Catherine of Aragon.

Victorians

Bishop, butler, mistress and maid

90 mins/ £130 per session

How did the Victorians live? This immersive workshop transports pupils to the Victorian period, where they live the life of children at the Palace- both rich and poor. The session takes place in Victorian buildings, including the stunning chapel. Pupils explore the differences and similarities of life between the classes by handling historical objects, taking on the role of servants and dressing in appropriate costumes. They are introduced to Bishop Tait and his large family, then experience the 1867 opening of the chapel at Fulham Palace.

National Curriculum links:
  • Identify similarities and differences between the Victorian rich and poor and life in modern times
  • Gain historical perspective by studying social history

Self-guided trails

Fulham Palace offers a variety of free self-guided trails available year-round. Please book your self-guided visit in advance.

Maths trail

Discover the Palace’s historic garden with a free maths trail.

Literacy trail

Follow our free literacy trail and explore the Fulham Palace garden.

 

Additional resources

Dive deeper into the Palace’s history with free self-guided tours, online sessions and bookable artefact loan boxes!

Artefact loan box: Romans

This is a box containing authentic and replica Roman objects for children to handle. It enables pupils to learn about the Roman villa that was located on the Fulham Palace site.

This resource:

  • fully supports the National Curriculum objectives of understanding a local historical site and its significance locally and internationally
  • provides three activities ensuring an in-depth study of Romans located at Fulham Palace
    allows children to handle real Roman objects, raise questions and connect with the Roman world
    develops historical investigative skills to raise and answer questions about Roman diets and shopping habits
  • enables children to become more familiar with local, national and international trading patterns with Fulham
  • contains full teacher information notes on the objects and activities

Suitable for: KS1 & KS2
Price: £25.00.
Book now: email education@fulhampalace.org

Artefact loan box: Victorians

This is a box containing authentic and replica Victorian objects for children to handle. It enables pupils to imagine and experience preparing for Victorian tea parties to entertain the thousands of visitors who arrived regularly at the Palace.

This resource:

  • fully supports the National Curriculum’s objectives to identify similarities and differences in Victorian social diversity by exploring relationships between people living at Fulham Palace
  • provides three activities ensuring an in-depth study of Victorian life at Fulham Palace.
  • enables pupils to actively engage with authentic Victorian artefacts to generate observation, curiosity and to connect with the reality of history
  • contains full teacher information notes on the objects and activities

Suitable for: KS1 & KS2
Price: £25.00.
Book now: email education@fulhampalace.org

Sessions details:

Group size

We can accommodate 30 students per session.

Cost

Sessions cost £130.

Timings

Morning sessions begin at 10.00. Afternoon sessions begin at 14.00.

SEN

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