We provide the follow site specific educational material:
- Tudor Trail Teacher's Resource pack - which covers the history of Penshurst Place during the Tudor period;
We can also provide information about the seven centuries of history of the gardens.
The following information provides further resources and links to external websites, with relevant cross-curricular resources, that we hope you will find useful when planning your visit.
Key Stage 1 - Toys
Guide your visit to the Toy Museum with the following information.
Key Stage 3 - English
The Sidney family provided some literary greats, writing sonnets that may well have influenced Shakespeare's writing. They include the poet and courtier Sir Philip Sidney and his sister Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, followed later by their niece Lady Mary Wroth. Their portraits are in the State Rooms at Penshurst Place. See our Literary Links page for further information.
For materials see:
Creating Poetry inspired by a place
We also have our stage garden which may be used to put on a performance, subject to timings of the visit. Or there is the Baron's Hall, which may also be available subject to the timings and availability.
For details of how to work with the theme of fruit, based on the line of the Ben Jonson poem, dedicated to Penshurst Place "Thy orchard fruit..", see below:
History and heritage resources (including portraits and buildings)
English Heritage Education resources at www.english-heritage.org.uk/education
Kent's World War II defences (c) English Heritage. Includes information about Penshurst. Penshurst village had an active home guard and part of a key defence line, with pillboxes strategically placed across the Penshurst Estate. Further materials can be made available for study purposes.
Historic Royal Palaces Learning - videos on Tudor Cookery in Henry VIII's kitchens.
The built environment and architecture
See the Engaging Places website – resources for teachers.
Teachers lessons plans and resources – built environment
Kent Architecture centre
FOR RESOURCES ON:
Outdoor learning - The natural environment and countryside
The Bushcraft Company at Penshurst Place.
For Key Stage 1 - Things I saw in the woods worksheet produced by Kent Wildlife Trust
For Key stage 2 and 3 - Clues I saw in the woods.
Also, visit the Woodland Trust website for free downloadable school resources related to Key Stage 2 & 3 and Curriculum for Excellence.
SEN resources: Growing schools scheme of work for woodland exploration.
Growing Schools initiative - Teacher's Garden Resource Pack including cross curricular links and activities.
Growing schools garden project - interactive online pupil resource.
Open Futures Grow it project managed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
The Fruit-full schools project provides a variety of curriculum linked ideas to support learning about orchards and fruit. See the Orchards in the Penshurst Place Gardens.
Why farming matters: resources for secondary school teachers covering KS3 science and Geography.
Last updated: December 2012