Key Stage 2 - History

Key stage 2 - History

Years 3 to 6

Our free History sessions for Primary classes range from lively discussions followed by drawing, to trying on pieces of costume, or drama, dance and role play. Looking at how portraits provide historical evidence for the period is a focus of all sessions. New this year is a session on the Stuarts and the Civil War for Years 5 and 6.

All materials are provided free. These sessions can be booked whenever the necessary rooms and staff are available. Free CPD also available


Anthony Luvera, (2011) © National Portrait Gallery
Anthony Luvera, (2011)
© National Portrait Gallery

Tudor Times
 
The Tudors
This session focuses on monarchs, through observation, discussion and drawing inspired by three to four key portraits, including key images of  Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

Tudor Costume
Discussion, a chance to try on a piece of costume and practical artwork exploring how clothes from the Tudor period are portrayed in portraits.

  • 90 minutes
  • One class, maximum 30 pupils

Stuarts into Battle

This session focuses on the opposing sides in the English Civil War. Through observation, discussion and drawing inspired by three to four key portraits, including those of Charles I and Cromwell, pupils discover how far they can trust these images to tell them the truth.

  • 90 minutes
  • One class, maximum 30 pupils 
  • Recommended for Years 5 and 6

Victorian Britain


The Victorians
Investigate the lives and experiences of famous people from Victorian Britain, including Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and other famous people, for example, Florence Nightingale or selected Victorian writers.

Victorian Costume
How are Victorian era clothes portrayed in portraits? Looking at four or five portraits, pupils will engage in discussion, a chance to try on a piece of costume and practical art activities.

  • 90 minutes
  • One class, maximum 30 pupils

Anthony Luvera, (2011) © National Portrait Gallery
Anthony Luvera, (2011)
© National Portrait Gallery

History Workshops

Henry Unton Workshop
Elizabethan Social History Interpreted in Tudor Dance for Key Stage 2

November 2013
Tues 26/Thurs 28/Fri 29

December 2013
Tues 3/Weds 4/Thurs 5

February 2014
Weds 5/Fri 7

Reconstruct the life of the Elizabethan ambassador Sir Henry Unton with this half-day session of mime and Tudor dance. Starting with a slide presentation of the portrait, discover fascinating aspects of Elizabethan social history, learn to dance a pavane and then use the music to mime different aspects of Unton's life. The session culminates in a performance of completed work in front of Unton's portrait in the Tudor Gallery.