School sessions

Armour handling for schools at Windsor Castle

From the Spear to the Sword

Age group: 
Key stage 1, Key stage 2
School subjects: 
History, Science (Materials)
Windsor Castle

What is the difference between a crossbow and a long bow? What are falchions and rondels and who used them?!  ... Read more about From the Spear to the Sword

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

Historical Interpretations: Evaluating Sources at Windsor Castle

Age group: 
Key stage 5
School subjects: 
History
Windsor Castle

This engaging A Level session in the beautiful State Apartments at Windsor Castle offers students an opportunity to get up close and personal with the medieval and Tudor portraits and objects on display.  Students explore the history of the artworks fro ... Read more about Historical Interpretations: Evaluating Sources at Windsor Castle

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

Learning to look at Portraits

Age group: 
Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4
School subjects: 
Art & Design
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

This session enables pupils studying Art & Design to examine some of the techniques and skills used to look at an historical image and analyse the clues and narratives portrayed. ... Read more about Learning to look at Portraits

Mary, Queen of Scots at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Age group: 
Second Level, Third and Fourth Levels
School subjects: 
Social Studies
Palace of Holyroodhouse

Join a member of the Learning team as you explore the Palace and look for evidence of Mary, Queen of Scots’ life at Holyroodhouse. ... Read more about Mary, Queen of Scots at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Mary, Queen of Scots: From Palace to Castle

Age group: 
Early Years Foundation Stage
School subjects: 
Social Studies
Palace of Holyroodhouse

Visit both the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle to gather evidence of Mary, Queen of Scots’ life in Edinburgh in this one-day workshop. ... Read more about Mary, Queen of Scots: From Palace to Castle

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