School sessions

Double Dutch: Decoding Symbolism in Art

Age group: 
Third and Fourth Levels, Senior Phase
School subjects: 
Art & Design; History
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

This session focuses on the symbolism of objects in the paintings of Masters of the Everyday .  Our artist will introduce highlights of the exhibition to your class, encouraging pupils to develop their own responses to what they see.  In the Pa ... Read more about Double Dutch: Decoding Symbolism in Art

School visit to the Royal Mews

Exploring the Royal Mews

Age group: 
Early Years Foundation Stage, Key stage 1, Key stage 2
School subjects: 
English, History, Art & Design
The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

The Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables in the world and home to many of the men and women who work here as grooms, coachmen and carriage restorers. This session encourages children to investigate the special environment of the Royal Mews: y ... Read more about Exploring the Royal Mews

School group visiting the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace

Fashioning a Reign: a history workshop

Age group: 
Key stage 2
School subjects: 
History, Art & Design
The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday with a school visit to The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. The Queen's life and the nation's history will be presented through an unprecedented collection of dress, jewellery and accessories designed for ... Read more about Fashioning a Reign: a history workshop

A schools learning session at Windsor Castle

Help get the Castle ready in time!

Age group: 
Early Years Foundation Stage, Key stage 1
School subjects: 
History
Windsor Castle

In our storytelling session, travel back in time to 1855 with Queen Victoria’s housekeeper, the formidable Mrs Forster, when staff at Windsor Castle are preparing for a glittering occasion – the State visit of the Emperor Napoleon III of France and his ... Read more about Help get the Castle ready in time!

Henry VIII and Elizabeth II: the changing power of monarchs

Age group: 
Key stage 2
School subjects: 
History, English
Windsor Castle

In this engaging session we compare and debate the change in power between Henry VIII and our Queen, against the backdrop of Windsor Castle, which for centuries has been an official royal residence and family home. ... Read more about Henry VIII and Elizabeth II: the changing power of monarchs

I Spy Through the Masters of the Everyday

Age group: 
Early level, First Level
School subjects: 
Social Studies; Literacy and English; Expressive Arts
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Your class will explore the Masters of the Everyday exhibition through a game of I Spy - focusing on the objects and colours they find in the paintings on display. ... Read more about I Spy Through the Masters of the Everyday

In the Frame

Age group: 
Key stage 1, Key stage 2
School subjects: 
History, Art & Design
Windsor Castle

How many princes and princesses are there in this royal portrait? Why is one child dressed differently? What are the dogs called? ... Read more about In the Frame

A view of Holyrood Abbey taken from the Palace Gardens

Investigating Holyrood Abbey

Age group: 
First Level, Second Level
School subjects: 
Social Studies, Expressive Arts
Palace of Holyroodhouse

Pupils investigate the history of Holyrood Abbey and look for evidence of its turbulent past. ... Read more about Investigating Holyrood Abbey

Children participating in a schools' gallery workshop at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Joint Visit with the Scottish Poetry Library

Age group: 
Second Level
School subjects: 
Social Studies, Literacy
Palace of Holyroodhouse

Write poetry with the help of your very own poet. Pupils explore the stories of the past hidden in the walls, stairs, rooms and artefacts as they tour the Palace with their own poet and guide. ... Read more about Joint Visit with the Scottish Poetry Library

Detail of plasterwork on ceiling at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Joint Visit with the Scottish Poetry Library

Age group: 
Third and Fourth Levels, Higher, Intermediate
School subjects: 
Social Studies, Literacy, History
Palace of Holyroodhouse

Designed to support curriculum coursework, pupils work with their very own poet and guide and use the Palace and Abbey as a stimulus for their own creative writing. ... Read more about Joint Visit with the Scottish Poetry Library

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