KS2 visit to Knebworth House
On Thursday 25th April we went to Knebworth House. They have a maze which is full of decisions and dead ends. At first sight it looks like rows of bushes but is almost exactly the opposite. Just after we got through the gates everybody was split up! We all found at least three dead ends and made at least five decisions. Soon we were in about three groups, one with about eleven, one with about four and one with about two people in. They had to find the middle where there was a wooden box with a choice of three smaller ones inside to choose from. We were not allowed to look at them until all of the groups got back to the meeting point.
In the garden there were lots of different herbs; there were lavender, mint, sage, lemon, rosemary and fennel. We had to find out which ones were which. We discussed what we would use the herbs for as the Tudors didn’t just use them for cooking. We then went to the pond where we had to find animals such as deer, fish, and a hare. We had to think about why these animals would be helpful to them and what they would use each part of the animal for. We had fun trying to find these animals.
In Elizabeth’s room there were lots of pictures on the walls of kings and queens. We saw the bed which had curtains round the edge so nobody could see them sleeping, as in Tudor times there would be doors on each side of the bedroom and people would walk through to get to their own bedroom. This was to give them some privacy. We then got to try some clothes on, which they would have worn in Tudor times. They are a lot different to what we wear now.
In the library there were over 1000 books. When we were sat down a man spoke to us about how Tudors wrote and what they would use. There were some jars with different liquids in. He also showed us a feather because in Tudor times this is what they would write with. The man also showed us how children would learn the alphabet and their numbers. After he had finished we were allowed to write our names on pieces of paper, we had to write it in a special way called calligraphy; it was hard to form the letters as it is very different to how we do our letters today.