Literacy and Maths

An Introduction to Blenheim Palace

This tour is tailored for Reception classes and Key Stage 1.

The tour can be taken in English, French or a combination of both, to comply with the new National Curriculum.

The aim of the tour is to give young children a chance to look closely at the Palace, both inside and out, encouraging them to observe and comment on the different shapes, colours and features that they see.

The tour covers a range of elements including maths for simple addition and subtraction, English language and speaking & listening skills for observation, identification and description.

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Follow up work

Once your visit to Blenheim Palace is over, pupils can engage in a number of follow-up activities in the classroom. These could include drawing or modelling the key to Blenheim Palace's front door and comparing it to the key for your school, making a colour wheel of all the colours found on their visit, using the shapes identified at the Palace, and making a drawing of Blenheim Palace. You can also talk about all the shapes that you saw, and use these shapes to build a picture of the Palace.

What the day involves

Your group will be met on arrival by a member of our Education Team. You will then all be escorted to the East Courtyard for the start of the tour.

The tour will last approximately 30 minutes and will include a visit to the East Courtyard, the Great Court, the Great Hall and the Long Library. The tour finishes in the Chapel with a short review.

Afterwards children and staff are free to explore the Pleasure Gardens which include the Marlborough Hedge Maze, Butterfly House and Adventure Playground, so that everyone is suitably exhausted for the journey back to school.

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