Torrential rain failed to dampen King’s Ely Acremont Pre-Prep pupils’ spirits when they visited Audley End House and Gardens.

Our Year 1 children and staff headed to the English Heritage site, which is located near Saffron Walden, on October 20th to complement their recent topic on learning about Victorian households.

Year 1 Teacher, Helen Monk, said: “As we explored the laundry, dairy and kitchens at Audley End, it was lovely to hear the children naming so many of the Victorian artefacts that we explored in school, as they worked out how everything would have been used. In the dairy, we learnt how to make butter in the butter churn and how it was shaped with butter paddles.

“Once the rain subsided, we took a walk to see the walled kitchen gardens and the greenhouses, where we saw tomatoes and grapes growing. After lunch, we visited the main house where we explored several rooms and spent time in the nursery.

“The children were able to play with some of the toys that Victorian children would have used, including a giant chess set, a rocking horse and a dolls’ house. There were also smiles and giggles as the children tried on traditional clothing, including capes, bonnets and top hats.

“There were some very sleepy children and some very proud adults on the journey back to school, as everyone behaved so beautifully. What a great way to end our first half term!”

At King’s Ely Acremont Pre-Prep, every day is an adventure. Small class sizes and excellent teaching by highly-qualified staff enables children to really reach their full potential. Our dynamic and varied curriculum is supported by carefully planned trips, visits from experts, and new and innovative technology.

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