Take One

A portrait of John and Henry Cust

Bring your class to Belton and engage them with some of Belton's most treasured objects and pieces of history.


Using only one of our paintings, sculptures or tapestries as a starting point, your children will be able to engage with and make deeper connections to original art, whilst supporting cross-curricular learning.


Choose from:
The Sundial (PDF / 0.5MB) download

The State Opening of Parliament (PDF / 0.3MB) download

John and Henry Cust (PDF / 0.3MB) download

The Diogenes Tapestry (PDF / 0.3MB) download


Can one of these objects help you at school?


If yes …

•    Choose an object
•    Book a support visit from one of the learning team at Belton House to help you plan your work
•    Book a visit to see your chosen object with your pupils
•    Create a display (A1 size) of your pupils’ work inspired by the object to be displayed in the Discovery Centre


What teachers’ say about “Take One …”:

“I chose the sundial as I felt that this best suited the topic I was teaching and the children would enjoy linking it to Helen Cresswell’s ‘The Moondial’
 
We had read the book in Literacy lessons previously, and the children were very familiar with its plots and characters. However, I didn’t link our visit to the Sundial with the story. Instead we looked at the gardens of Belton House and participated in a range of mathematical scenarios involving measures and geometry.
 
The children were asked to consider what sights and sounds the Sundial had witnessed over the years and researched fashion and major events. The children enjoyed considering the conversations the Sundial had overheard and could understand the secrets the Sundial might share if the characters could talk.
 
The children were intrigued by the two characters carved into the Sundial and researched Greek myths and legends when we returned to school. Lots of discussions took place around the relationship between the characters in the story ‘The Moondial’ and the underlying theme of bullying became a focus for our collective worships & PSHE lessons.
 
The different types of activities and subjects the children participated in were far greater that I had ever imagined. The support from the staff at Belton House enabled me to plan a visit that had structure, yet was flexible enough to allow me to adapt the lessons when we returned to school. The possibilities of how to incorporate this statue into a lesson or scheme of lessons are endless. More importantly, the children were able to participate in practical, ‘first-hand experience’ learning.”
Mrs. Cox, Barkston and Syston School
 
“Take One …” is affiliated with the National Gallery’s Take One Picture.

Belton House is also a registered Arts Award Supporter and Centre – please do ask how we can support you.