We have a range of engaging school sessions covering the Tudors, the Stone Age, 1940s evacuees, Farm and Seasonality with prices starting from just £4 (VAT excluded) per child. To book email or call: 0114 276 2828 ext 647

KS1 Castles and Princesses
KS2 Tudor Health and Hygiene
KS2 Tudor Rich and Poor
KS2 & 3 Mary Queen of Scots
Meet the animals
KS1, 2 & 3 Seasonality
KS2 Stone Age Hunter
KS1 & 2 1940s Evacuees

Booking Information and prices

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KS1 Castles and Princesses

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Pupils have an interactive tour of the site, visiting the sweet smelling apothecary’s garden and even the oldest toilet in Sheffield before dressing up as a Prince and Princess as well as their servants. They will venture up the spiral staircase of the turret house to view a magnificent feast fit for royalty. Back at our Discovery Centre children will make lavender bags to ward away the nasty smells of castle life.

National Curriculum Link: significant historical events, people and places in your own locality

KS2 Tudor Health and Hygiene

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How often did the Tudors bathe and what ailments did they think boiling pigeon droppings in milk would cure? Children will answer these questions and more in our session designed to look at why the Tudors were some of the smelliest people in history.

Pupils will uncover the mystery of the weird and wacky remedies Tudors used to cure illnesses and find out exactly why a visit to a Tudor Doctor was an unnerving experience, even getting the chance to get up close with a plague doctor by dressing up. They will get the chance to investigate herbs growing in the apothecary’s garden and finally make a sweet smelling pomander to disguise the horrible smells of Tudor England.

National Curriculum Links: a local history study and a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ knowledge beyond 1066

KS2 Tudor Rich and Poor

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Pupils will discover the stark differences between the lives of a wealthy family and their servants in Tudor times by exploring the site, from the decorated banqueting room to Sheffield’s earliest toilet.

Children will have the opportunity to dress up in authentic children’s Tudor costumes, see the difficulties that Tudor Ladies faced in getting dressed and discover just how dirty the servants might have got! They will also explore inventories, creating their own with quill and ink and see how little Tudor peasants had to survive with. Finally children will make a replica Tudor coin purse.

National Curriculum Links: a local history study and a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ knowledge beyond 1066

KS2 and 3 Mary Queen of Scots on Trial
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In this session pupils discover the story of the 14 year captivity of Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield as well as the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, Bess of Hardwick. They will be able to explore the buildings in which she was kept including the Turret House, the only roofed building surviving in England that she would have known.

Pupils will gather evidence to decide whether they believe Mary to be innocent or guilty of the crimes charged against including code breaking messages from the infamous Anthony Babbington. At the end of the day they will decide the fate of Mary, Queen of Scots.

KS2 National Curriculum Links: a local history study and a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

KS3 National Curriculum Link: a local history study, the development of church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745 and the Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics

Meet the animals

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We are building a new petting farm, due to open in summer 2019. Until that time we are unfortunately unable to offer meet the animals sessions. We will be launching exciting new sessions when we reopen.

KS1, 2 and 3 Seasonality on the farm
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We are building a new farm, due to open in summer 2019. Until that time we are unfortunately unable to offer seasonality sessions. We will be launching exciting new sessions when we reopen.

KS2 Become a Stone Age Hunter
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Pupils will discover how people survived in the harsh stone age conditions. To eat they must learn tracking and hunting skills including making their own spear. They will see how this became easier as weapons developed into bows and arrows. Protection from the elements is vital so shelters from branches and furs will be built and they will try and start a fire using a bow and drill kit.

Imagine squeezing your way into a dark cave to find the perfect place to create a pictograph. Children will have a go at painting by candlelight with their own paint and feather brushes.

The hunters will finish by considering what stone circles were used for, before racing against each other to move the giant stones of Stone Henge across site on rollers.

KS2 National Curriculum Links: Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

KS 1 and 2 Evacuee Experience
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We are building a new 1940’s cottages on our farm, due to open in summer 2019. We have limited availability of 1940’s sessions until mid November 2018 and will be unable to offer them after this time. We will be launching exciting new sessions when we reopen.

In our 1940s school session, pupils will experience the unnerving feeling of being evacuated. After being assessed by our billeting officer, children will rotate through activities including doing the household chores (without the use of electricity!), find out about rationing and cook potato floddies and meet the ARP Warden who will show them how to use a gas mask, air raid siren and take them on a visit to the Anderson shelter. The session takes place at our 1940s Manor Cottages, a working farm during World War 2 owned by Mr and Mrs Barnes.

KS1 National Curriculum Links: Significant historical events, people and places in your locality and changes within living memory

KS2 National Curriculum Links: A local history study and a study of an aspect or theme that extends pupils’ knowledge beyond 1066

Booking and Prices
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Each session is approximately 2 -2 ½ hours. Sessions can be combined for a full day.

Session Time (inc lunch) Price (VAT 0% rated)
Morning session 9:30 – 1pm £4 per child
Full day 9:30 – 14:30 £6 per child

All adults accompanying the trip are free. Please note the price differences for meet the animals and 1940’s sessions.

To discuss any of our education sessions or to make a booking please contact our education officer by calling 0114 276 2828 ext 647 or via email

We are very happy for you to visit us before your school trip. Please check our website for our opening times or if you would like to meet our Education Officer, please contact us.

Disabled Access and Special Needs

Please complete the section in the booking form with details of any pupils with special or additional needs, including allergies if you are doing a food based session. If you are a special needs school we can adapt sessions to your needs. Visit the accessibility section of our website for information on disabled access and facilities.

Health and Safety

The Sheffield Manor Lodge site and our education sessions have been assessed for their risks. If you would like a copy of a risk assessment please contact our Education Officer. All education staff are first aid trained and all education staff and volunteers have been DBS checked.

Shop

If you would like to visit our shop let us know on the booking form. Goody bags are available to buy if booked in advance on the last sheet of the booking form.

Photography

Before your visit we may discuss whether we are able to take photos during your visit. We have a photo permission form available if needed. We will never take photos of children or staff without authorisation.