School trip to Longleat
To wander through the sweeping corridors and grand rooms of Longleat House is to be transported back in time. Exploring this stunning example of high Elizabethan architecture – and the Capability Brown landscaped grounds surrounding it – is a day out in itself. It was substantially completed by Sir John Thynne in 1580. And today, his descendants are still lucky enough to call it their home.
It’s a jungle out there. And a desert. And an ocean. And lots more besides. Your only problem with the Main Square is knowing where to begin. But wherever your expedition takes you, there are fresh discoveries to be made around every corner. Be bold. Be brave. You’re an explorer now.
Longleat is committed to continuously improving and this year they are excited to be able to showcase even more learning opportunities; not only for a visit to Longleat but also ways in which they can support teaching and learning in the classroom. They are always developing their facilities and resources through expanding the variety of activities they offer, and ensuring they link in relevant ways to the curriculum across the key stages.
Longleat is home to a wide range of attractions and so can easily tie in with a variety of topics, act as a case study, or be an inspirational starting point to a project. Science and history have intrinsically strong connections but Longleat can also present wonderful opportunities for subjects such as English, maths, art and design that can be given a real life context.
Some of the educational topics at Longleat for KS1 & KS2
ELIZABETH I ROLE PLAY
Let them bring Longleat House alive – they will set the scene for your children by telling stories focusing on three key areas: cracks in the floor; people in portraits and a role play drama.
By establishing characters, scenarios and viewpoints, this session is a useful tool for introducing or developing creative writing skills, as well as learning about key historical figures and ways of life.
TOYS AND GAMES THROUGH TIME
Join their guides for this interactive session where your children will play games and have the opportunity to discover popular toys from the historic and recent past. They encourage them to consider what things have changed, such as materials used and technology, and compare it to their own toys and how they play. They will see two 19th century dolls houses, with furniture made by children of the family at that time.
PREDATORS AND PREY
As your children are introduced to different animals they will learn not just what they eat, but how they go about getting their food. As well as introducing scientific terminology, the keepers will also demonstrate food chains.
And lots lots more educational things to do and learn.