Medium Term Plan for History: Why did Henry VIII marry six times?
Dhipa Begum – St Martin’s College
Downsell Primary School MT Planning
Year Group: 4
Term: Summer 1
Unit of work:
Why did Henry VIII marry six times?
In this unit children will find out about the Tudors through the story of Henry VIII’s marriages. They will develop their ability to use written and pictorial sources, ask
and answer questions, give reasons for actions and identify changes.
Possible Trip: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU, England. Tel: 0870 752 7777.
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. Tel: 0870 444 3852.
Teaching Activity (Including organisation)
To locate the
Tudors within the
context of the
history of Britain.
To understand who
Henry VIII using
portraits and written
To learn the names
and orders of Henry
Anne of Cleves
What was Henry VIII like as a person?
Introduce topic - Tudors.
Recap which other History topics children have studied during the school
years, e.g. Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Victorians.
Using the topics studied previously, as whole class children to make a
timeline and to locate the Tudors on the same timeline - Teacher to draw
timeline on board, using the topic word cards children to come up and
stick the card on the timeline.
Using PowerPoint show children photograph of Henry VIII.
Who do you
think this is?
- Prompt children e.g. look at the way he is standing, look at
the way he is dressed, and look at all the jewellery he is wearing.
Read the child friendly story of Henry VIII using the BBC website:
Using books, pictures and fact sheets children to find answers to
questions on Henry VIII. -
Who was Henry VIII? When was he born?
When did he reign (came to power)? Who were his parents? How many
times did he marry? (Write the names of his wives in order) What was
Henry like as a person? What was Henry’s problem?
Plenary: In groups children to put pictures of Henry VIII’s six wives in
chronological order. As whole class children to make a human timeline of
Henry’s six wives and learn the rhyme:
Divorced, Beheaded, Died,
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived
Children to work in
mixed ability groups.
Topic word cards, e.g.
Vikings, Victorians & Tudors
ICT - PowerPoint - Session
Photographs of Henry VIII
and his six wives (small
Worksheet: ‘Henry VIII’
Books, pictures and fact
sheets on Henry’s VIII
Books that can be used:
Step up History:
Why did Henry VIII marry
The Life and World
of Henry VIII
The six wives of
Henry VIII (Catherine