LEARNING

Taught Sessions

Taught Sessions 

  • Taught sessions are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Our service is primarily focused on Nursery – Primary School aged children
  • Capacity is limited to one class a day and a minimum of 4 accompanying adults will be required to support the students
  • Cost £135.00 per session (maximum 30 children per session – a limited number of additional children may be accommodated at £4.50 each depending on the session, please contact the Education Officer to find out more)
  • Bookings only taken up to 6 months in advance

See the Booking Pack for more information on what to expect on your school visit,  site maps and our terms and conditions. It covers all the Frequently Asked Questions that teachers need answers for about visiting the site.

If you are interested in booking a taught session at Hall Place, please fill in the School Enquiry Form below and email it to Hallplaceeducation@bexley.gov.uk and our Education Officer will get back to you.

Home Life in Victorian Britain – Washday (60 minutes) Suitable for EYFS, KS1-KS2

Experience the past by living it! Wash clothes and discover how much life has really changed in the last 150 years.

Domestic life in Victorian times up to the 1940s was based on hard manual labour. During this session children look at some of the equipment used to cook and  clean, they also get hands-on washing clothes using our object handling collection. in a big house like Hall Place is wasn’t the family that did all the domestic chores. they were lucky enough to employ others to do it for them. We take a look at the servants and other staff to find out who did what and where.

This session requires teachers to print out the Students On-site Activity Sheet that accompanies the session’s teaching for their class to use. Please see the list opposite for in depth teachers notes on the session and the session activity sheets available. Please choose the right sheets for your class’s age and abilities and bring them with you for use during the session.

There is also an on-site outside trail to accompany this session called ‘Who Lives Here’. The trail looks at the historic house and outbuildings, who used them and what they were used for. This trail is self-led and consists of two laminated A3 sheets that are for each adult to use with smaller groups of children. The trail sheets are temporarily loaned for your use and need to be returned at the end of your visit. View a taster image of the trail here.

schoolchildren cashing hoops

Toys & Games Of The Past

Resources you will need

Toys & Games of the Past (60 minutes) Suitable for EYFS, KS1-KS2

Experience the past by living it! Play with toys from the past and discover how much life has really changed in the last 150 years.

Toys and games changed surprisingly little from ancient times to the 1940s. Learn how simple wooden toys evolved into the metal mechanical toys of the rich Victorians and what the amazing zoetrope led to. Children are given the opportunity to play with different toys such as the cup & ball, whip & top, skittles, wooden hoop and hoop-la. Toys may differ depending on availability.

Mr Newman’s Beautiful Butterflies (60 minutes) Suitable for EYFS, KS1 – KS2

Learn all about the famous 20th century local butterfly expert Mr Newman using archive photographs and our museum collection. Undertake your own scientific investigation as a lepidopterist and learn about butterfly classification, adaptation, life cycles and anatomy with a little maths work on symmetry too, Make your own butterfly specimen display to finish at school. This session requires teachers to print out the Students On-site Activity Sheet that accompanies the sessions teaching for their class to use.

This session requires teachers to print out the Students On-site Activity Sheet that accompanies the session’s teaching for their class to use. Please see the list opposite for in depth teachers notes on the session and the session activity sheets available. Please choose the right sheets for your class’s age and abilities and bring them with you for use during the session. Each student will need a copy of the appropriate On-site Activity Sheet, plus a copy of the colouring sheet.

WINGS AND THINGS: Why not team the Mr Newman’s Beautiful Butterflies session with an hour’s visit to Jambs Owls Experience to make a day of it. Scroll down the page to find out more about Jambs Owls.

How Does Your Garden Grow (60 minutes) Suitable for nursery-KS2

This session has been developed to show children where food comes from and how plants grow.  We start by looking at different seeds and discover what they grow into with a fun quiz. Children get the chance to plant their own seeds to grow back at school and then tour our vegetable plots to see what is growing.

The winter edition: Buds and Berries is available Oct-March. Please make sure your class is dressed for the weather.

There is a free self-led Tree Trail that can accompany this session – this involves learning about different trees in the formal garden area. The Trail Guide for adults is available to print and includes images, fascinating facts and suggested discussion points with your students.

NEW – these two sessions offer a local case study and alternative view of WWII. 

WWII: Codename Santa Fe Historic House Tour (60 minutes) suitable for KS2

In 1944-5 Hall Place was an outstation of ‘Operation Ultra’, the secret code

cracking operation led by Bletchley Park during WWII. Tour the historic house and see rare archive photographs to learn all about the men stationed here, their lives and the amazing work they did. The tour ends in the Codename Santa Fe exhibition.

 

Codebreakers! (60 minutes) suitable for KS2

Learn all about some of the encryption techniques used during WWII with Morse code machines, torches and secret agent disks. Children take on the role of spies making and breaking their own codes that they can then take home. Corresponding activity sheet required, please see resources listed under the image opposite.

Both taught in one day. Counts as 2 sessions when costing.

Make a day of it with these additional learning experiences and resources

young boy holding live owl

Jambs Owls

Run by Jambs Owls, an independent company.

Visit the Parliament of Owls (that’s what a group of owls are called), visitor-friendly barn owls, eagle owls and many other species, and hear about how owls survive in the wild, what they like to eat and their nocturnal habits.

Jambs Owls Group Information

Cost: £3 per child, adults free

Capacity: Jambs Owls Experience a whole class. Ratio of 1 adult for every 5 children required. Each visit is a wow factor the children never forget.

What it includes: a tailored visit with an expert looking at the different owls, their lifecycle, and their lives in the environment they live in.

Location: In the Glasshouses near the entrance to the gardens.

Lunches: Sorry there is no lunch space here.

Please visit the main Jambs Owls Experience page for their general information

Jambs Owls are also available for outreach visits to schools.

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Tree-mendous Tree Trail

This is a adult led trail learning about different trees in the formal garden area. It includes a map, images, fascinating facts and suggested discussion points with your students.

Cost:  Free. Download and print at school. You will need one sheet per adult

Capacity: Please visit the trees in smaller groups

What it includes: A self-led trail around the formal garden highlighting 6 different trees, their leaves and seeds. Also includes some simple activities to try.  Divide your class into smaller groups and print off one trail sheet per adult to lead with. Includes easy to follow map.

Location: Outside in the gardens