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English Heritage – Down House – KS1-3 History & KS1-3 Science School Trips


Specifications
Location(s)Luxted Road, Downe, Kent, BR6 7JT
Key StagesKS1, KS2, KS3
Special SchoolsNo
Public Liability
Enhanced DBSYes
FeesPlease contact us with details of your requirements
Administration Service Administered by the provider
Website https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

More about this Workshop/Service and the Provider

English Heritage is to be applauded for the development of the Discovery Visits, which interpret the story of the site and give a sense of time and place to visiting schools.

Discovery Visit leaders say: 

‘It's feelings and experiences that are important. Through them, the true story of a place can be brought alive’

‘Re-enactment is a brilliant way to teach. It engages children who then become interested and start listening to what you say’

SCHOOLS

Bring the curriculum to life and inspire your students at the former home of Charles Darwin and the site where the internationally renowned 'On the Origin of Species' was written. From Victorian interiors and original furniture inside the house, to gardens of Special Scientific Interest, there is plenty for school groups to see at Down House.

CURRICULUM LINKS

Support your teaching at Down House with many links to the curriculum from history to science and local history

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality; lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • KS1-2 Science: Working scientifically, animals and plants, living things and their habitats
  • KS1-3 History: A local history study
  • KS2 History: Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS2 Science: Evolution and inheritance
  • KS3 History: Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain 1745-190
  • KS3 Science: Working scientifically, biology: genetics and evolution

EXPERT-LED DISCOVERY VISITS

Let our experts lead your pupils on a hands-on Discovery Visit and discover more about Darwin’s theory of evolution. At just £100 per session per class, it’s a great way to combine inspiring experiences with quality learning. 

FREE SELF-LED VISITS

Explore and discover the authentic Victorian interiors, reflecting the home in which Darwin and his wife Emma raised their children. An immersive on-site exhibition guides you through Darwin's voyage aboard the Beagle from 1831-36, his scientific discoveries and the impact of his revolutionary theories on Victorian society. Continue your voyage outside to the extensive gardens which include Darwin's 'outdoor laboratory' and famous 'thinking path'. Can your class spot the working observation beehive and carnivorous plants?

PLAN YOUR VISIT

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.


Testimonials


‘The best day out I’ve ever had’
Pupil

‘My class were enthralled and have been talking non-stop about their visit. I am glad we made the effort of sitting for 2 hours in the coach - it really was worth it!’
Teacher

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