The timetable below is indicative only and can be adjusted to suit your travel arrangements. Two or three classes can be accommodated by alternating the two key sessions or inserting a third session looking at Tudor costume and the Civil War video and displays in the Lodge Museum. Please divide each class into 5 groups before arrival and allocate one member of staff or an adult helper to each group.
You will be met on arrival in the coach park and escorted to Basing Grange, with a chance for the children to spot key features, such as the mill, river and Civil War damage on the walk. Once at Basing Grange, you will gather in the Great Barn for an introduction to the day and then taken, in your classes, to your first activity area (the Learning and Community Centre or the site of Basing House). Toilets are available in both areas.
Working in their smaller groups, the class will have the opportunity to handle genuine Tudor artefacts discovered during archaeological digs at Basing House. They will be asked to think about the materials they are handling and to try and work out what the original object was. This investigation will be supported by information cards about the objects, which can be used by the adult helper to help guide the group. Each group will then be asked to report back to the rest of the class on one of the objects they have examined.
Each group will be given a collection of replica Tudor objects to examine and asked to think about what the objects are and who would have used them. Why are some things made of pewter and some of wood? What would have been served in the leather jug? Who would have used the spoon made from horn? Information cards will be available for the adult helper to help guide the discussions and the groups will then report back to the class on a chosen object.
The groups will now be given a selection of replica food items and some information cards about Tudor eating habits. They will be asked to sort their food items into categories: Rich Tudor, Poor Tudor, All Tudors or Not Tudor. The children will discuss who ate what and why.
We will finish with a quick recap on what discoveries have been made and what this tells us about the lives of the people living at Basing House.
This will take place around the ruins of Basing House and the surrounding site. All five groups will take part in this activity at the same time, working in small teams of 2-4 students. They will be fully briefed by Basing House staff, who will also be on hand to help out and answer questions as the activity progresses. As the site is so large, we ask teachers to accompany their groups throughout the activity to make sure that no-one gets into any difficulties.
Each team of 2-4 students will be given a pre-programmed GPS device, full instructions on how to use it and a quiz sheet relating to specific points around the site. They have to find each point using the GPS device and answer a question at each, so that they build up a picture of what happened here during the three sieges of the Civil War. The teams will have about 45 minutes to complete the course before the answers are given out and the scores added up! (15 minutes to get to and from site).