For primary schools
Take a look at our range of lessons and activities for primary school students.
Activities Week for schools
Waddesdon are holding their first ever Activities Week for schools this summer.
Over three days, there is the opportunity for your pupils to experience something totally new!
Wednesday 12th July 2017
In association with Woodlands Ways, pupils will have the chance to have a go at shelter building, firelighting, rope making and learning more about wild plants. £8 per pupil.
Thursday 13th July 2017
Living History Day: 1000 years of Waddesdon
With the help of historical artisans and reenactors, pupils will be able to explore the thousand years of history at Waddesdon, with a chance to have a go at traditional craft, watch demonstrations and learn more about life in the past. £10 per pupil.
Friday 14th July 2017
Interschool Garden Games and Croquet Day for Year 6s
This is our first ever interschool competition! Bring a team and compete against other schools to win the Garden Games trophy, sponsored by Jaques of London. A perfect way to unwind at the end of the term! Free with entry.
Places are limited on each day. Please register your interest with Sarah Dewberry at email@example.com
Key stage one
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
Fun with fairy tales
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 grounds and the Aviary. In the afternoon there is a creative writing session, based on the morning’s activities. Dressing up is strongly encouraged!
Curriculum links: Art, Literacy, History
The best school trip for Reception children I have been on.Teacher, High Ash Primary, 2015.
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, focusing 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, Geography
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