Learning at Waddesdon Manor

'A visit to Waddesdon Manor brings learning to life.' Our interactive, hands-on early years and primary school programme supports key stages 1 & 2 and covers a wide range of topics that utilise our rich resources.

" the best school trip I have been on"
- Reception teacher, High Ash School

What we offer

The possibilities are endless! From a wide selection of led workshops, to self-led sessions, to bespoke visits created entirely just for you, Waddesdon has so much to offer you and your school. We have sessions that suit all key stages, from EYFS to KS5, as well as engagement programmes like our Summer Activities Week and our Christmas Display Competition.

Get in touch

Booking a visit is easy - contact Sarah Dewberry, our Education & Learning Manager by email for more information.
 

Our workshops

Key Stage One

Fun with Fairytales

Our popular literacy-based workshop explores the famous Sleeping Beauty paintings by Leon Bakst.  Children will discover the story of Sleeping Beauty through a role play workshop in our turret room using the paintings as stimuli, as well as exploring the gardens and the aviary.  In the afternoon there's a creative writing session, based on the morning's activities.  Dressing up is strongly encouraged.

Curriculum links: Art, Literacy, History
 

Garden Explorers

Using 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' as our starting point, this workshop includes a fun look at life cycles, making our own beanie baby, hunting for bugs, and building stick towers in our woodland nature trail.

Curriculum links: Science, Geography, Maths, Literacy, Art & DT

 

Key Stage Two

Myths and Legends

Based on the myth of Heracles and his 12 Labours, pupils will explore the stories of Ancient Greek mythology by looking at our priceless collection of art.  Your pupils will also be able to investigate neoclassical sculpture in the gardens.  In the afternoon, discover the world of Greek art by painting your very own Greek vase to take home.

Curriculum links: Literacy, Art, DT, History
 

Who lives in a house like this?

Pupils will have a tour of the house, focussing on the hierarchy of Victorian Waddesdon - who did what and how did they do it?  This workshop gives your pupils a chance to learn more about their local area and the history of the Rothschilds at Waddesdon.

Curriculum links: Art, Literacy, History, Science, Drama
 

Riches of the earth

Following our trail around the house, pupils will look at the magnificent jewels in the Rothschild collection as well as discussing the importance of rocks and minerals in everyday life.  In the afternoon, there will be the chance to compare different rocks and look at their properties, as well as creating their own jewelled piece.

Curriculum links: Science, DT, Art, Georgraphy
 

Tremendous trees

Based entirely outside in our gardens, pupils will look at the life cycle of trees from seed to maturity, as well as completing fun maths-based activities.  There's also a chance to explore the trees at Longwood Gardens, our partner in Pennsylvania, using a special video link.

Curriculum links: Science, Maths, Literacy, Geography

The Silver Caesars

Suitable for KS2 and KS3

This is a rare and unique opportunity to study an extraordinary set of 12 silver-gilt standing cups from the 16th century.

Collectively they bring to life the history of the first twelve Caesars, as recounted by the Roman historian Suetonius and this is an ideal chance for your pupils to study the legacy of Roman culture on Renaissance art, as well as exploring the lives of the Caesars.

Pupils will also see other objects from Waddesdon’s exemplary collection that complement this Renaissance masterpiece.

This session is only available from June to October 2018, so book early to avoid disappointment.


Our workshops cost £4 per pupil and must be booked in advance.

School visit to Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Bespoke and self-led workshops

We're proud to offer sessions based entirely around your needs - in the past these have been as varied as Circles, the Titanic and India! You can also experience the splendour of Waddesdon on your own - with our Aviary, Woodland Playground and magnificent grounds, there's lots to see. Drop us a line to see how we can help.

Education Group Membership

Membership entitles your whole school to free entry to all National Trust properties when visiting as a school group, for a year. Membership is much better value than buying one-off entry, which we can arrange for you.