Second Year visit to Hampton Court Palace
On Monday 23 November the Second Year travelled with Mrs Kratt, Miss Jackson, Dr Tieanu and Emily to Hampton Court Palace for a day of historical exploration. The girls are currently studying the Tudors and have already covered the ghastly reign of King Henry VIII, so the trip really illuminated the topic for them.
In the morning the girls were able to tour the grounds of the Royal Palace, taking in the beautiful Tudor and Baroque architecture and then the magnificent interiors where monarchs from Henry VIII up to George III resided and held court.
The girls attended a workshop which explored the different ways historians can learn about the past, and the girls handled some historical items to see what we can gain from studying artefacts like the ones found at Hampton Court. One of the artefacts they looked at was 4000 years old! This was a very interesting insight into how History is created and studied outside the classroom, which the girls enjoyed very much.
In the afternoon, the girls were able to explore the Palace grounds more, learning about the stunning additions made by Christopher Wren to the Palace during the reign of William and Mary. Then the girls had the chance to take to the ice rink in front of the great gatehouse of the Palace. Despite a few falls, everyone had a brilliant time ice-skating before making their way to the coach for the journey back to school.
Thank you to the teachers who accompanied the girls on this excellent trip, which got them excited about History and (thanks to the ice-skating) about the festive period, too!