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Get to grips with the history surrounding Francis Drake’s circumnavigation and uncover the challenges of life at sea in the 16th century!

Utilising interactive maps, replica handling sessions and a guided exploration of The Golden Hinde, Drake’s Circumnavigation is their most popular 1-hour programme for KS3/4.

Students will be asked to think critically about the motivations behind the voyage, before heading below deck to get a sense of the reality of early modern seafaring.

Pupils will also be provided with our pre and post-visit resources, designed to encourage them to get the most out of their visit.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the motivations behind Drake’s circumnavigation and its impact on the early modern world.
  • To utilise the environment of the ship and its replica collection to gain a clear understanding of the difficulties and dangers faced by 16th-century mariners.
  • To develop historical skills of enquiry, comparison, and debate.

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4

Ages: 11-14, 14-16

Subjects: History

Topics: Tudors, Elizabethans, Explorers, Sir Francis Drake

Type: At Venue

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: £7 per student

Dates: Ongoing

Min. Students: 15

Max. Students: Groups larger than 30 will be split in multiple sessions

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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About The Golden Hinde.

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A full-scale and fully operational replica of Francis Drake’s iconic ship, The Golden Hinde is the perfect place to visit for anyone studying the Elizabethans, pirates or explorers.

Designed to complement the national curriculum, their hands-on educational programmes give students a sense of the lived experience of 16th-century mariners in order to enrich their understanding of key historical events. Raise the anchor, fire the cannons and discover what life was truly like for Elizabethan seafarers.

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