School Visits and Participation
The Poltimore Community and Landscape Project has offered local schools the opportunity to take part in the archaeological and historical research taking place at Poltimore House and to make visual and audio contributions to the project website. School children have been able to engage with the histories of the Poltimore Estate through on-site workshops and schools visits mapped to the National Curriculum. The activities have been targeted at the age range and abilities of children attending the workshops and have therefore been flexible while also following a theme. Children in Key Stage 3-5 have benefited and the activities have covered a range of subjects including history, geography, ICT, science, citizenship and the arts. Some of the artwork produced by children at the Project’s partner schools has been featured on the new display boards around Poltimore House’s grounds.
Activities have included:
Use of maps in archaeological/historical studies
Archaeological surveying techniques
Designing Tudor gardens
To highlight the stories of children living and working in rural England in the 19th and early 20th century one of the project’s volunteers, Julia Neville, has put together a pack of resources relating to the lives of children (both rich and poor) living in the parish of Poltimore.
The pack includes information on children in school, at work and at play as well as some of the more tragic stories of accidents and disease that many children suffered from during this period.
This resource is ideal for Key Stage 2 History and can be used as part of a Local History study, Victorian Britain study and Historical Enquiry (i.e. the use of historical documents).
Click here to download this resource
An example of a completed Masonry recording sheet produced by a pupil from St Peter's School, Exeter