Activities for Early Years

These activities are designed for the early years and would best suit nursery (ELC3 & ELC4) and P1- P3 pupils.

Living in the Past

This lively session encourages children to think about their own lives and compare how we live now with life in the past. Pupils start their visit in the learning centre with an object handling session using real domestic objects such as a chamber pot, candlesticks and a hogshead. Discover how people kept clean, stayed warm and entertained themselves then explore the historic house and discover what life was like for Sir Walter and his family in his amazing house. A great session to introduce younger children to historic places and for thinking about health & wellbeing, life in the past, stately homes and staying healthy.

Curriculum links: Social Studies, Health & Wellbeing, Literary and English

Duration: 1.5 hours

£3.50 per pupil

Stories and Songs: Sir Walter's Lost Ideas

Sir Walter Scott’s pet dog Maida and Hinse the cat need your help; Sir Walter has lost all his ideas and he desperately needs them back to write more bestselling stories! Meet some colourful characters during an introductory story in the learning centre then go on a treasure hunt round the historic house with clues and objects to find and songs and actions to learn. A gentle, fun way to introduce young children to a historic place and the magic of storytelling.

Curriculum links: Expressive Arts, Literacy and English, Social Studies

Duration: 1.5 hours

£3.50 per pupil

Conundrum Castles

Did you know that Sir Walter Scott was a huge fan of castles? He not only wrote adventure stories set in castles he wanted to live in a house that looked like one too! Go on a hunt for castle features like battlements, portcullis gates, arrow loops, bartizans and coats of arms and spot impressive suits of armour worn by chivalrous knights of old and swords galore. Round up your visit to Sir Walter’s conundrum castle with a creative workshop and design your own shields fit for a knight to take home!

Curriculum links: Expressive Arts, Literacy and English, Social Studies

Duration: 1.5- 2 hours

£3.50 per pupil

"Pupils from Primary 2 at Jedburgh Grammar Campus visited Abbotsford as part of our social studies topic on Castles. The children enjoyed identifying the building features which were inspired by the design of castles (the battlements, portcullis and arrow loops etc). Sandra and Mary were great at providing the children with a tour of the house while relating this back to our topic, while also teaching them about Sir Walter Scott. They also provided the children with a fun and engaging workshop where the pupils were able to make their own shield. The pupils absolutely loved their trip to Abbotsford and I would definitely take another class here."

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