For primary schools
Take a look at our range of lessons and activities for primary school students.
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.
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
2018 events and projects
From January 2018 onwards
An outreach session led by our Education team, where your pupils can learn more about the work of the Waddesdon Aviary and be a part of the exciting campaign to save Sotuh East Asian songbirds.
Wed 20-Fri 22 June 2018
To commemorate the end of World War One, come to Waddesdon and experience life both on the Western and Home Fronts with our team of experienced re-enactors.
World Book Day
Thursday 1 March
Join author Cas Lester for a very special session focussing on her book series ‘Nixie and the Bad Bad Fairy’, in the glorious surroundings of Waddesdon.
Limited spaces available, please book now to avoid disappointment.
The Silver Caesars
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.
Curriculum links: History, Art, Geography, Literature
Christmas Project 2018
Each year we invite local schools local schools to take part in our Christmas project. Following on from our successful willow lantern project, 2018’s theme will be ‘Portraits’. We will give you all the materials you need to create a piece of art that will be displayed to our 100,000 Christmas visitors.