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Our resources will stimulate and develop your pupils' skills and knowledge

Our resources will stimulate and develop your pupils' skills and knowledge

 

From Ancient Greeks to World War I, Mini Beast Hunting to Map Making, we bring learning outside the classroom to life. Led by our Learning Officer and a team of dedicated volunteers our indoor and outdoor programmes are designed to offer a cross curricular experience that will stimulate and excite young minds. Suitable for EYFS, Key Stages 1,2 and 3. Covers the New National Curriculum and SMSC.

 

What you said about our school visits

  • 'Thank you for making our trip to Hanbury Hall so wonderful'
  • 'The children thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities'
  • 'Thank you to brilliant volunteers who created such a special day'
  • 'Both children and adults alike had a good time'
  • 'Many thanks for such a lovely day last week'
  • 'Lord and Lady Vernon were brilliant with the children - thank you'

Ancient Greeks

Dressing up like Greek Gods © Kathryn Lovell

Dressing up like Greek Gods

 Key Stages 1 and 2

Duration: Half a day for one class or a full day for 2 classes

Discover gods and goddesses, heroes and beasts...

Using our famous Thornhill wall and ceiling paintings, pupils discover what the ancient Greeks have done for us, their gods and goddesses, stories, myths and legends. In our drama workshop pupils act out the story of the Greek hero Achilles, developing historical enquiry skills as we consider whether his tale is ‘truth or myth?’ Students also have the opportunity to get creative as they design a Greek theatre mask or plate, handle replica artefacts and make clay coins.

Cross-curricular: History, English, Art, Drama

Map work and orienteering

Find your way around the beautiful gardens © Neil Cook

Find your way around the beautiful gardens

Key stage 1, 2 and 3

Duration: Suitable for one class for half a day.

A Birds Eye View of Hanbury...

Using maths and measuring skills, pupils use scale grids, tape measures and compass points to create an accurate scale map of our ornamental fruit garden. In pairs, children will measure features such as the lawns and borders, trees and bushes, find ‘North’ on their compasses and learn about the importance of a map Key. Then it’s off round the gardens in small groups for some orienteering and a treasure hunt. Pupils must develop good teamwork, communication and map-reading skills to follow the trail and find the hidden gold!

Cross curricular: Maths, Art, P.E, Geography

Victorians - Masters and Servants

The tasks of the servants © Kathryn Lovell

The tasks of the servants

 Reception, Key stages 1 and 2


Duration: Half a day for one class or a full day for 2 classes


Join us as we step back in time to 1870 to discover what life was like at Hanbury Hall for the Vernon family and their servants.
In this interactive session, pupils will meet members of the family and staff, including the Butler, Housekeeper and Governess. As prospective servants, children will explore the House and meet Sir Harry and Lady Georgina Vernon as they start their day. Then it’s off to the back stairs, under the watchful eye of the Housekeeper and Butler, to experience life as a servant; washing, polishing, fire laying, table setting and cleaning. An interview and hand inspection will determine which children make the grade as Vernon servants!


Cross-curricular: History, Drama, PSHE

Mini-beast hunting

What will you discover in the mirror pool? © Ruth Darwen

What will you discover in the mirror pool?

Reception, Key stage 1 (March to October)

Duration: Half day for one class or full day for 2 classes

We’re all going on a Mini Beast Hunt.... we’re not scared!

Put on your wellies and waterproofs and join us as we hunt for mini beasts in the gardens of Hanbury Hall. Discover what lurks in our woodland log pile, play camouflage games in our orchard and spend time pond dipping for water mini beasts by the mirror pool. Each session encourages children to get ‘hands on’ with nature and find out more about invertebrates and their part in our ecosystem. Why not add our ‘Gardens quiz’ onto your day and explore our walled garden, orangery, ice house and mushroom house.

Cross curricular: Science, P.E,

Victorian - Childhood and Play

Play with some Victorian toys © National Trust

Play with some Victorian toys

 Reception, Key Stage 1

Duration: Half day for one class or full day for 2 classes

‘Children should be seen and not heard!..’

Join the Governess as we discover what life was like at Hanbury Hall in 1870 for the three Vernon children, Auda, George and Hubert. Dressed in Victorian costume pupils will visit the nursery and Governess rooms to discover how the children spent their time before computers and television. They’ll learn how to bow and curtsey with the Housekeeper, discover how poor children spent their time with the Maids and Butler, then borrow some of the children’s traditional toys and games to play with. They may even get the chance to meet Sir Harry and Lady Georgina. But remember.. ‘Victorian Children should be seen and not heard!’

Cross curricular: History, PE, Art, Drama.

Tree studies

Can you work out how tall these trees are? © Philippa Slade

Can you work out how tall these trees are?

Key Stage 2 and 3

Duration: Suitable for one class for half a day.

How tall is a tree?...

This programme offers students the opportunity to explore the gardens at Hanbury Hall while identifying a variety of trees. Students will learn about the function and purpose of trees in our ecosystem, examine different trees in closer detail, measuring tree height, circumference and age.

Cross curricular: Science, Maths, Art, Geography

A Victorian family Christmas

Victorian Christmas © National Trust / Sarah Burch

Victorian Christmas

 Nursery, Reception, Key stage 1 (December only)

Duration: Half day for one class or full day for 2 classes

Merry Christmas One and All...

In this specially created festive programme we discover how Christmas was celebrated by the Vernon family and their servants. See the House decorated for Christmas, handle some of the children’s toys. Help Cook as she makes her Christmas pudding and gingerbread men. Listen to stories with the Governess and get creative making traditional decorations and cards. Then gather together to sing some carols with the servants and family around the harpsiorgan. There may even be a very special visitor...A lovely end of term treat!

The First World War

First World War © Tim Richardson

First World War

 Key stages 2 and 3

Duration: Half day for one class or full day with an afternoon visit to the church to see the war memorial and exhibition.

‘The lamps are going out...’

In this programme pupils will discover the effect of the First World War on the men and women who lived and worked at Hanbury Hall. They will meet members of the family and soldiers from the estate. In the gardens, pupils will measure out the distance of ‘No Man’s’ land and find out what life would have been like in the trenches. Then with our ‘hands on’ sessions pupils will have the chance to handle genuine WWI artefacts and photographs,decorate eggs for the wounded, try out weapons and kit and take a look at propaganda and its purposes.

Cross curricular: History, Maths, English, Art

World War II

The ornamental vegetable garden at Hanbury Hall © Tim Richardson

The ornamental vegetable garden at Hanbury Hall

 Key stages 1, 2 and 3

Duration: Half day for one class or full day for 2 classes

Life as an Evacuee in World War II...

With real life stories and artefacts, pupils experience what life would have been like as an Evacuee at Hanbury Hall during the 1940’s. They will meet Lady Doris and Sir George and discover what they are doing for the war effort, find out from the servants how rationing affected rich and poor, learn what duties would be expected of them in the House, see what’s inside our Evacuee suitcase and even experience an ‘air raid’. They will also get ‘hands on’ with real WWII artefacts to discover more about daily life, rationing and self-sufficiency as well as writing a postcard home to their families.

Cross-curricular: History, Maths, DT, English

General information

  • We ask that you bring a minimum of one adult for every eight children
  • Coach parking available a short walk from the house
  • Toilets in the stableyard, plus an emergency toilet in the house
  • Lunch can be eaten in the education room or picnic in the grounds
  • Photography is allowed in the house (without a flash)
  • Trained 'First Aiders' on site

School space

Our events and education room is available to provide a practical space for school groups to take part in activities and where children can leave their coats and have their lunches.

Contact us

If you'd like more information about school visits, including costs, please email Deborah Kershaw or call 01527 821214 for more details.

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