Good King Bad King workshop

Find out more about Richard III and decide for yourself whether you think he was a good king or a bad king.

Students will review a range of evidence from primary and secondary sources and score Richard in five categories, before reaching a final verdict. Evidence will include a short animated film by RexFactor, which tells the story of Richard in an entertaining and accessible way.

Students will be encouraged to review the evidence and consider how reliable it is before scoring Richard. The workshop will help build students understanding of the importance of evidence, it will introduce different types of historical sources and demonstrate how bias can affect the reliability of a source.

Duration: This workshop lasts approximately 1 hour and can be combined with the exhibition for a whole day visit.

Learning outcomes
• Students will analyse their decision-making process for scoring Richard at the start and the end of the session and understand what has led to any change in their opinion.
• Students will understand the idea of bias, and how some sources of evidence can be more reliable than others.
• Students will understand the series of events which led to Richard becoming King in 1483, the events around the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and the subsequent discovery of his remains in Leicester in 2012.

This workshop has been designed to help pupils develop Visible Thinking skills.

National Curriculum links
History: Local History Study, understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims KS2. the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509, the Wars of the Roses KS3.

For more information about the workshop, please email our Learning and Interpretation team.

To book this workshop as part of your visit, please email or call 0116 229 4132