Students will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world as they step back in time and discover what it was like at Knebworth during Tudor Times. Our costumed guides will create the excitement and preparations surrounding Elizabeth I’s visit to Knebworth in 1571, as you spend the day exploring both House and Gardens. In the House your topics of study will include: Tudor costume, writing and education, coats of arms and armour, music and entertainment. Spend the afternoon exploring the Gardens, learning about Tudor foods and plants. Click to Read More..
VICTOR’S VICTORIAN VENTURES KS1/KS2
Your students will secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history as they discover Victorian Knebworth House through the eyes of a child who lived here, as the servants of the household (our costumed guides) show your group what life was like locally for both rich and poor. You will learn about Victorian dress, experience a Victorian lesson, write on a slate and see the toys and games in Victor’s nursery. In the afternoon, you will learn how Victorians used the outside space. You will try outdoor Victorian games and pastimes and have fun in our Victorian garden bowling alley. Click to Read More..
THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE STEVENAGE STORY KS4
In our first WW1 event, more than 1000 Year 9 students from secondary schools in
Stevenage visited Knebworth House. The day was organised by a partnership of
Knebworth House Education & Preservation Trust, Stevenage Educational Trust and
Stevenage Museum and students learnt how Pamela, Countess of Lytton set up a
Hospital for Soldiers in London staffed by VAD nurses. Please let us know if you would
like to be involved in future projects about WW1. Click to Read more..
THE STORYSAURUS STOMP Early Years Foundation Stage
Get your early years pupils ready and motivated to write with the Storysaurus! Meet
our friendly dinosaur character, who loves to read and write, during our interactive
story sack session. Then explore the ever-popular Dinosaur Trail complete with lifesize
dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and sabre tooth tigers! Youngsters will love singing
and stomping, roaring and drawing – they will come away bursting with story ideas!
For a fun-filled afternoon, choose from ‘Garden Games’ (May, June, July & September) or a visit to the Adventure Playground (June to August). Click to Read More..
INSPIRING YOUNG WRITERS KS2/KS3
You will hear about the writers who have lived and worked here, including its most
famous writer Edward Bulwer Lytton and feel how this fantastic setting inspired them.
Students will use the morning’s experiences to begin writing their own atmospheric
story opening, beginning with the immortal line, “It was a dark and stormy night….”
Choose from ‘The Garden Story Trail’ in the afternoon or a visit to the Adventure
Playground (June to August). Click to Read More..
THE GARDEN STORY TRAIL KS2/KS3
Your pupils will be inspired by our popular ‘Garden Story Trail’, as they encounter
magical moments from diverse tales such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter
Pan and Twelfth Night. Teams will search for points on our story trail map. Click to Read More..
EDWARD BULWER LYTTON: VICTORIAN NOVELIST KS5
Give your students a new perspective on Victorian literature by visiting one of the most
important literary homes in the area. Find out more about Edward Bulwer Lytton, as
students examine the literary and social context in which he and his close associates,
such as Charles Dickens and Lord Tennyson, produced their work. Click to Read More..
MONSTERS AND MAZES KS1
‘Monsters and Mazes’ offers plenty of outdoor fun on a guided tour of the formal
gardens, wilderness and Dinosaur Trail, whilst learning about the natural world,
numeracy, shape and colour. There’s also time to find out about prehistoric life with a
visit to our much-loved Dinosaur Trail. Click to Read More..
FROM SEEDS TO CEDARS: HOW PLANTS GROW KS1/KS2
Let your children see the topic of ‘Green Plants’ come to life as they explore our Formal Gardens and Walled Kitchen Garden with our experienced guides. This is a wonderful way for children to explore the world around them and through direct experience develop their understanding of scientific ideas as they discover how plants grow in the context of a beautiful, established, working garden. Newly planted seedlings, 300 year old trees and plants that have been in existence since the days of the dinosaurs – all contextualised in a peaceful, garden setting. Topics covered include: what plants need for growth; the life cycle of a plant; the different forms that plants take and what we use plants for. Each child will take a seed they have planted back to school. Follow up resources will be available to teachers to continue the learning in the classroom. June & July only. Click to Read More..
For Literacy programmes we offer a choice of activities according to age:
Garden Games (EYFS) / The Garden Story Trail (KS2) / Gargoyles and Greenery (KS3 +)
The Tudors and Victorians programmes both continue into the afternoon with a themed
garden trail. From June to August, schools can enjoy active free play when
booked at our fantastic adventure playground; where covered picnic shelters and
benches are provided for use at lunchtime.
Please note: height restrictions may apply for the bouncy castle and slides. Click to read More..