'The lesson is really interesting! You get to do loads of things you never usually do in a history class!'
Lochie Springer, aged 10, pupil at Brookfield Primary School
More than 500 local nursery and primary children aged between 3 and 11 year olds benefit from our Schools Programme each year. The classes, led by our Arts Education Officer, are a supplement to the curriculum and can afford to use more fresh, fun and engaging teaching methods.
The schools take part in the following subjects:
History in the House: Lessons cover the Tudors, the Victorians and World War II. An interview with teacher Barnaby Howes, whose class took part in this project, can be found at the bottom of the page.
Tree Dressing: Lessons take place in Waterlow Park with the children ‘adopting a tree’ and monitoring its development, and the species that use it as their habitat, through the seasons. Please see an interview with teacher Kelleigh Hackshaw at the bottom of this page to find out more.
Our Arts Education Officer devises an art project tailored to the curriculum needs of each class. The children make an initial visit to Lauderdale House before our Education Officer makes two follow-up trips to the school where the children work on creating art.
All the art that is made is exhibited at our annual Schools Day in June when the children proudly see their work displayed and also admire the creations of pupils from other schools. On the day, all the children that took part in our Schools Programme descend on the House and enjoy activities like pavement drawing, environmental touch boxes and a birds of prey display.
Our programme represents a fun and refreshing change to the timetable. Also, as classes go beyond rigid curriculum requirements they make for inventive, enjoyable experiences where the children can learn from the world around them. For many children, the schools programme serves as an introduction to Lauderdale House, too. We hope it will be the start of a lifelong relationship with the House where we can positively impact their lives through leisure or learning.
In 2011 Lauderdale House was one of only 25 national organisations (others included the Tower of London, Durham Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle) to receive the Sandford Award for Heritage Education. The citation read:
‘The great strength of Lauderdale House’s education service is its tailored, in-depth interaction with the children who visit. The follow-up visits to the schools reinforce learning and allow the Education Officer to be a real part of the process. This ensures that the visit to Lauderdale House is more than a day out.’