Belton House Visit

 WOW what a fantastic visit Year One had to Belton House in Grantham recently!  The children were accompanied by lots of enthusiastic parents for the gloriously sunny days out.  Upon our arrival they were given a tour around the house; visiting the kitchen, the dining room, the Yellow Bedroom and the Tapestry Room.  Our wonderful guides for the morning spoke to the children about each of the rooms and what life was like in the house for both the family and their servants long ago.  The children were given artefacts to handle, took part in role-play activities, dressed up in ‘old fashioned’ costumes and had the opportunity to play with Victorian toys.

After lunch we wandered through the beautiful Italian Garden towards the church looking for and identifying flowers and trees as we went.  Inside the children were encouraged to make comparisons between Belton Church and Bourne Abbey, which they visited 

 back in October.  The children remembered the Abbey Church has a golden eagle lectern whilst Belton Church has a plainer lectern with gold lion feet.  They compared the two pulpits, the fonts, the organs and the altars.  The most obvious difference was the size of the interior and the presence of very impressive marble tombs and wall plaques.

Back at school the children were asked to write about their visit to Belton and they wrote pages and pages – such

 was their interest and enjoyment! When asked to record their favourite part of the day, many children used adjectives such as ‘epic’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘awesome’ to describe their visit. William said he loved the whole day and couldn’t wait to go back for another visit.  Kacper and Lucas said their favourite part of the day was getting to go on the ‘amazing’ playground before hopping back on the bus to school.