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Session plan

Your visit 

The timetable below is indicative only and can be adjusted to suit your travel arrangements. Two or three classes can be accommodated by alternating the two key sessions or inserting a third session looking at Tudor costume and the Lodge Museum. Please divide each class into 5 groups before arrival and allocate one member of staff or an adult helper to each group.

  • 10am – Arrival and welcome in the car park – walk to site
  • 10.15am – Introduction to the day 
  • 10.30am – Session 1 
  • If required, a snack break can be built into the timetable 
  • 11.45am – Session 2 
  • 1pm – Finish and depart or stay for lunch and explore the site

You will be met on arrival in the coach park and escorted to Basing Grange, with a chance for the children to spot key features, such as the mill, river and fish ponds, on the walk. Once at Basing Grange, you will gather in the Great Barn for an introduction to the day and then taken, in your classes, to your first activity area (the Learning and Community Centre or the site of Basing House). Toilets are available in both areas.

Session One – Tudor Life in Basing House (Learning & Community Centre)

Activity 1 – Digging Up the Past (20 minutes)

Working in their smaller groups, the class will have the opportunity to handle genuine Tudor artefacts discovered during archaeological digs at Basing House. They will be asked to think about the materials they are handling and to try and work out what the original object was. This investigation will be supported by information cards about the objects, which can be used by the adult helper to help guide the group. Each group will then be asked to report back to the rest of the class on one of the objects they have examined

Activity 2 - Who Used This? (20 minutes)

Each group will be given a collection of replica Tudor objects to examine and asked to think about what the objects are and who would have used them. Why are some things made of pewter and some of wood? What would have been served in the leather jug? Who would have used the spoon made from horn? Information cards will be available for the adult helper to help guide the discussions and the groups will then report back to the class on a chosen object.

Activity 3 - Rich or Poor? (20 minutes)

The groups will now be given a selection of replica food items and some information cards about Tudor eating habits. They will be asked to sort their food items into categories: Rich Tudor, Poor Tudor, All Tudors or Not Tudor. The children will discuss who ate what and why.

Whole Class Plenary 

We will finish with a quick recap on what discoveries have been made and what this tells us about the lives of the people living at Basing House and especially the difference between rich and poor.

Session Two – Basing House Detectives (The Citadel)

Basing House ruins extend over a wide area but the core residence was contained within ‘the Citadel’, which is where this activity will take place. (15 minutes to get to and from site)

Activity 1 – Exploring the Ruins (30 minutes)

Each group will be set a challenge to use compasses and clues to locate key sites around the Citadel and to gather information at these sites. They will be set questions to answer at each point and provided with clues to help them make sense of what they are looking at.

Activity 2 – Reconstructing the Past (15 minutes)

With information gathered from the key sites, the groups must work out ‘what happened here’ and help to build up a picture of life in Old Basing House using a map and pictures of scenes from Tudor life

Whole Class Plenary - A Guided Tour (15 minutes)

A chance for the whole class to share their learning, as we take each other on a guided tour of the Citadel and find out more about how people lived during Tudor times.