Broadclyst Community Primary School

Broadclyst Community Primary School's 'new' year 5s visit Poltimore House and gardens

 On a beautiful sunny day in October, the ‘new’ year 5s from Broadclyst Community Primary School visited Poltimore House and Gardens.  When discussing the walled kitchen garden there was some surprise, especially amongst the boys, when they realised that just over 100 years ago, boys of their age would soon be leaving school to work on one of the local farms or in the walled kitchen garden of Poltimore House.

Some of the pupils felt that there should still be deer in the old 'deer park' so they added them to the plan of the gardens!

Broadclyst Community Primary School helping to unravel the history of Poltimore House and Gardens

Two small groups of year 5 pupils returned to Poltimore House and gardens to do some work on specific aspects of the history of Poltimore. By exploring old maps, illustrations, pictures and the garden features one group learnt about how historians and archaeologists investigate the past and went on to use their knowledge to design some Tudor knot gardens. Through careful examination of the evidence contained within the house and illustrations, the second group explored the history of one of the rooms – the Saloon.

Broadclyst Community Primary School's year 5s visit Poltimore House and Gardens

On Thursday 24th March 2011, 31 year 5 pupils from Broadclyst Community Primary School visited Poltimore House and gardens. Luckily the weather was warm and dry and the children saw the gardens just at the beginning of spring when the gardens are starting to come back to life after the cold winter. Some of the children live locally but had not had the opportunity to visit before whereas others had visited with their families.

While the children where having their tours of the house and garden their teacher made a short film of the interior of the house and some of the garden features. Below is the finished film edited by some of the children and with a commentary written and presented by one of the pupils

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