Case Study: No 1. Royal Crescent

Date Posted: 15/08/2014

Venue: No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath
School: Corsham Primary School, Wiltshire
Number of pupils: 15
KS: 2

An example of how attractions can tailor the educational offer to suit different requirements was ably demonstrated when a Wiltshire school visited No. 1 Royal Crescent in Bath.

The ability to be flexible and move from a ‘one size fits all’ workshop is particularly important if pupils have specific needs.

Corsham Primary’s Brook Centre is an integral part of the school for pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties.  

Linked to the term topic - where pupils had been learning how food and cooking has changed throughout history - Brook Centre teacher Sara Stone booked No. 1 Royal Crescent’s Cooking a Feast workshop, which is aimed at KS1 and KS2.

“We asked Polly Andrews, the education officer, if she could adjust her language as although they are KS2 pupils, ranging from Year 2 to Year 6, their ability to process language is poor so they need to have information delivered in a visual and kinaesthetic way. Polly did an excellent job of simplifying her language, and including visual and kinaesthetic stimuli.”

No.1 Royal Crescent is a Georgian town house that creates a wonderfully vivid picture of life in Georgian Bath. Built between 1767 and 1774 to the designs of celebrated architect John Wood the Younger, the house is considered one of the finest achievements of 18th century urban architecture.

Reopened last summer after a major restoration project, the home provides a glimpse of what life was like for the wealthy and their servants in historic Bath, and a new schools programme is now on offer for all ages from Early Years to KS4.

Facilities include an education centre and a learning trail to help students make the most of a tour of the house.

Sara said: “We started our visit with the children dressing up as servants. They loved this and really got into character. We then watched a presentation about the life of the servants and how they would go about cooking a feast. The children found this interesting, especially when it came to the rules for servants’ behaviour. They felt relaxed enough to ask and answer lots of questions.”

The party then split into two groups for a house tour and session making Bath buns from a Georgian recipe.

“I went around the house with my group helping them to fill in their worksheets,” said Sara. “They were particularly interested in the beautiful spread of food in the dining room.

"Back at school they enjoyed designing symmetrical Georgian table layouts complete with sugar sculptures. Seeing the Georgian kitchen reinforced the children’s prior learning about how preparing, storing and cooking food has changed since Georgian times.

“We then returned to the servant’s quarters to swap with the other group and make Bath buns. We learnt that sugar used to come in blocks and enjoyed smashing it up into smaller pieces with a rolling pin ready to sprinkle on the buns.”

The children took part in every stage of the preparation, including weighing out ingredients, breaking eggs and rolling balls of dough. The buns were carefully taken back to school to bake, and were delicious. The pupils particularly liked being able to take them home to share with their families.

Summing up Sara said: “I would thoroughly recommend a visit to No. 1 Royal Crescent. The day was very well organised, relaxed and the activities were stimulating and thoughtfully adjusted to the pupils’ individual needs.

"Many parents commented on how excited their children were when they came home, and how much they could remember about their fantastic day.”

Useful contact:

No. 1 Royal Crescent:
01225-333895
www.no1royalcrescent.org.uk

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