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Reception visit Scotney

Posted: 20th May 2015

Last week, Reception visited the National Trust's beautiful Scotney Castle, near Lamberhurst in Kent.  The purpose of our visit was simply to inspire an interest in our local landscape and history, aiding the development of key skills within the EYFS's Understanding the World area of learning.  We met the Head Gardener in the Walled Garden and were introduced to the wormery, which smelled....pungent!  After eating our packed lunches, we headed to the Discovery Room.  Here we used binoculars to watch the birds on the feeder and felt the textures of different animals' coats.  We then walked through the garden proper and over the moat (10 ducklings spotted!).  Inside the semi-ruined castle itself, the children were fascinated by both the priest's hole and the somewhat basic bathroom facilities - "You mean, it just falls straight out into the moat? Urghhh!"  They were amazed by the drawings of how it used to look, before half was demolished to make a "picturesque view" from the Victorian manor house at the top of the garden, and they delighted in playing detective and finding the remnants of the three demolished towers (one still stands), the boat house and the ice house.  It was a class of tired but happy people who arrived back at Skippers just before home time!

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