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Henry VIII Crowned King of England

June 17th 2021| Michael Mountford

Henry VIII Crowned King of England

Henry The Eighth!

Arguably one of the most famous kings from the Tudor period. Crowned at just 17 years old after his father, Henry VII died.

Henry married his brother’s former wife, Catherine of Aragon the Princess of Spain. They were quickly married and then were crowned King and Queen of England.

Henry VIII was athletic, good looking, intelligent, and educated. He was also a well-accomplished musician and played instruments as well as wrote his own songs. He was able to speak many languages and was often a very studious person. Henry loved art and culture; so much so that he often brought many of the top artists, writers, and philosophers from mainland Europe to his court.

Meet King Henry VIII

Find out what Henry VIII, King of England was famous for, as young English Heritage Members Damon and Amelia step back in time to visit his childhood home at Eltham Palace. Discover what it was like to work for the king in a Tudor castle, learn the story behind his six wives and find out what’s involved in medieval archery.

Horrible Histories – Horrid Henry VIII Special

A special episode about King Henry VIII, starring Rowan Atkinson. We meet the young Henry as he struggles with his boring dad Henry VII, before becoming king himself.

Click here to watch the episode in full.

After watching this episode, why not have your class try and come up with their own parody of the episode – have some fun designing costumes and maybe writing their own song to perform.

Use this as a time for the children to understand what life would have been like during Tudor times; talking to them about what their houses were like, what children did for fun, what school and classrooms were like (making sure to provide good contrast between their own experiences).

King Henry VIII Display

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work all to do with the topic of Henry VIII.

Character Costume Show

A great way to help kids engage with the characters and stories is to hold a class, or even school, wide costume show. Let them dress up and show off their creative side.


Here at Teacher’s Pet we already have a whole range of resources available to download that you can use to help teach Tudors and Henry VIII. You can find them all right here.

Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to help you get started.

Henry VIII – Comprehension
Henry VIII – Fact Cards
Henry VIII Fact File
Tudor Word Mat

Have a great day!

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for when you teach about King Henry VIII.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment them below and they might even get added into the topic calendar!

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