We offer a variety of hands-on sessions for Early Years, KS1 and KS2, all with links to the Early Years Framework and National Curriculum.
For Early Years we offer bespoke sessions to ensure learning at school is supported here at Fulham Palace.
For secondary schools we offer flexible sessions both on-site and through outreach programmes. Individual topics and cross-curricular days can be arranged. All topics include costume, archive material and resources where appropriate.
We can accommodate up to 30 children per session. Morning sessions begin at 10.30 and afternoon sessions at 13.00.
Booking for all sessions is essential. Book your school session.
Curing Catherine: KS1 and KS2
Become an apothecary’s apprentice and discover the fascinating and filthy facts of Tudor medicine. Learn how to cure a headache and what illness was treated by wearing the skin of a donkey!
Your skills will be put to the test when one of Fulham Palace’s most famous Tudor residents, Princess Catherine of Aragon, needs your help.
This session examines Tudor medicine, explores the unknown story of Henry VIII’s first wife and the importance of Fulham Palace as an estate.
The Fulham Vikings: KS2
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles state that in AD 879 a gang of Vikings stayed by the river at Fulham for the winter. Why were they here? What might they have worn? Come and learn more about Viking raider life.
Become history detectives and use clues from the handling collection to discover daily life at Fulham Roman villa.
Recreate the rooms at the villa and use drama to debate the issues of the day from different points of view. Would you as a Roman settle in Britannia or retire to your homeland? If you are a Briton would you stay at Fulham or join the resistance?
Science of materials: KS1
View examples of materials from the Palace and on-site archaeology. Use the handling collection to learn about the characteristics of different materials and what they are used for.
Stone Age life at Fulham: KS2
Handle Stone Age archaeology, build shelters, forage and develop trapping skills. This is a completely outdoor interactive session. Suitable outdoor clothing and shoes are required, and legs must be covered.
Toys: EYFS and KS1
What is a toy? What makes toys work? What materials are they made from? Children play with and discover a range of different toys – old and new, including dolls and spinners.
Victorians: KS1 and KS2
Gain an insight into children’s lives in Victorian times. Experience up and downstairs in a grand house and chapel, with costumed role-play to tell the stories of the Bishop’s household, whether servant or family member.
Available all year round. Booking is essential.
Literacy trail: KS2
Thames Explorer Trust at Fulham Palace
These sessions are run throughout the year by Thames Explorer Trust for Fulham Palace. The days and times are dependent on the tide. For more information and to book you can get in touch with Thames Explorer Trust on +44 (0)20 8742 0057 or visit their website.
The cost is £305 for a full day programme including two hours of fieldwork and two hours of indoor activities.
Archaeology for All: KS2
Pupils practice the historical enquiry skills used by archaeologists with fieldwork on the riverside followed by indoor activities learning how to identify and date artefacts. This programme is backed up by a much acclaimed resource pack for classroom use.
- Session 1: Fieldwork on the riverside includes recording river features and evidence of human use. Work on the foreshore involves collecting and identifying historic artefacts as evidence of past river use.
- Session 2: Indoor activities show pupils how to distinguish between different materials and identify and date the artefacts using specially designed colourful and easy to use sorting boards. We also investigate how artefacts found around the Thames help us build up a picture of London’s settlement. Sessions will round up with a look at Fulham Palace’s collections (time permitting).
Rivers and Environmental Issues: KS2
Pupils are encouraged to raise questions about their local environment with fieldwork on the riverside, followed by indoor activities focusing on how to make the river environmentally sustainable.
- Session 1: Fieldwork on the foreshore includes using a range of scientific equipment to record simple abiotic data (water temperature, weather, state of tide), assessing water quality through chemical tests and invertebrate sampling. Pupils will also observe river features and processes and will gain experience in identifying and naming birds and invertebrates, recognising how these organisms have adapted to the local environment. If time allows we will also collect foreshore archaeology as evidence of river settlement.
- Session 2: Indoor activities begin with the revision of geographical features and the water cycle, through the River of Life floor game which involves creating a natural river habitat with food chains and adaptations. Pupils then look at how the river environment has changed over time and how pollution and human impact can pose a danger to living things. Through drama pupils will explore environmental issues and find “pollution solutions” to help devise a sustainable future for the Thames. Sessions will round up with a look at Fulham Palace’s museum (time permitting).