Learning at The Argory

Preparing for a Victorian Christmas © Paul Hughes

Preparing for a Victorian Christmas

Built in 1824, The Argory offers many things to different people. Gentle walks in beautiful surroundings, guided house tours and living history days. Pupils have the opportunity to compare and contrast their own lives with boys and girls of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

KS1
Subject:
Language and Literacy, PDMU

Tommy’s story
Through costumed role play, activities and discussion, pupils have the opportunity to compare and contrast their own lives with that of Tommy, the privileged, only child of the MacGeough Bond family growing up on The Argory Estate in the Edwardian era. Pupils will meet the people who care for Tommy and assist them in the preparation for his birthday party.

KS2
Subject:
Language and Literacy, PDMU, The World Around Us

Applying for a job on the estate
Pupils will have the opportunity to compare and contrast their own lives with that of the boys and girls of the Victorian period as they prepare to leave home and take up work on The Argory estate in 1847. Through costumed role play, pupils learn how to make written applications for jobs using dip pens and ink.

KS2
Subject:
The Arts, Language and Literacy, PDMU

Preparing for a Victorian Christmas
Pupils can dress in costume and learn how children on The Argory Estate prepare for Christmas in 1847. Pupils will make Christmas angels from the last sheaf of oats kept from the harvest and quill paper shapes to decorate a Christmas card. Pupils take part in carol singing as well as a discussion and comparison of Christmas customs past and present.

KS2
Subject:
The World Around Us

World War Two ‘The evacuees’
Pupils take a tour of the estate with the Women’s Land Army and hear about the regiments stationed at The Argory. Receive ID cards and experience effects of rationing and make do and mend. ‘Run for cover’ in a practice air raid and assist the women in the search for an escaped prisoner.

Further information: contact Paula Smith 028 8778 9011 or by email.