Osborne

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Important update from English Heritage
In line with government guidelines, our staffed sites remain closed in the interests of public health. It is now clear that we will not be able to re-open on 1 May as we had originally hoped. Instead we will re-open as soon as government advice allows and only when we can ensure the safety of our visitors and our staff and volunteers.

Book a free visit to Osborne for a day of self-exploration of the site to suit your curriculum needs. This historical site offers visitors a rare glimpse into the private life of one of England's most famous monarchs. Explore the house and grounds, including the beach and the Swiss Cottage. In the education room, dress up like a Royal child living at Osborne and use the replica Victorian grocery, based on the original one used by the Royal children in the Swiss Cottage.

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Osborne. At just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• WAITING ON HAND AND FOOT! (KS2) £100 per class, session lasts for 1¼ hours
• THE ADVENTURES OF A VICTORIAN EXPLORER (KS2) £100 per class, session lasts for 1¼ hours
• STORY MAT (EYFS, KS1) £75 per class, session lasts for 45 minutes

Once you have booked your school trip, you are entitled to a free planning visit, to familiarise yourself with the site and see all that it has to offer. Download the free teaching resources from the English Heritage website and book the education room to use onsite resources.

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Why book English Heritage for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Bring learning to life outside of the classroom. Children can explore and learn for themselves at a ‘real’ historical site, developing their enquiry skills and independence, as well as key historical knowledge.
A visit to Osborne is ideal for education groups of all ages and abilities, and with downloadable learning resources and hazard information, and free on-site resources, it’s easy to plan a visit with your group in mind.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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Curriculum topics available: Design.

The house and grounds at Osborne provide excellent inspiration for pupils' own work back in the classroom, and the rich interiors of the house are an opportunity to study art history and design.

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Find out more about the lives of Queen Victoria and her family, by exploring the house, Swiss Cottage and grounds. Enhance your learning with a Discovery Visit workshop, and discover the life of a Victorian servant with housekeeper Mrs Pilkington in WAITING ON HAND AND FOOT! (KS2), or enter the exciting world of the Victorian explorer in THE ADVENTURES OF A VICTORIAN EXPLORER (KS2).

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Curriculum topics available: Plants, Living things and habitats, Habitats.

The grounds at Osborne are filled with a variety of plants and trees, which are perfect for studying KS1-2 plants, living things and habitats topics.

What activities are available during group visits?

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KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality. Significant changes beyond living memory. The lives of significant individuals in the past
KS1 Science: Identify a variety of plants and trees, describe the basic structure of a variety of flowering plants and trees. Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited, identify a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
KS2 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
KS2 Science: Working scientifically. Identify and name a variety of living things in the local and wider environment
KS2 Art and Design: Use the house and grounds as inspiration for the pupils' own work, create sketch books to record observations
KS3 History: A local history study. Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
KS3 Art and Design: History of art, craft, design and architecture

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Osborne. At just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• WAITING ON HAND AND FOOT! (KS2): experience life as a Victorian servant with housekeeper Mrs Pilkington, through hands-on role-play activities
• THE ADVENTURES OF A VICTORIAN EXPLORER (KS2): discover the exciting world of a Victorian Explorer
• STORY MAT (EYFS, KS1): offers younger children an introduction to local history and the lives of the Victorian royal children

What size groups do you cater for?

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We accept groups of all sizes to the site, but there is a limit on the total capacity and access is on a first come first served basis. If you would like to book one of our Discovery Visit workshops, these are limited to a maximum of 30 pupils per session.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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Yes, there is an education room that is free for schools to use, with costumes and a replica Victorian grocery. Please let the Education Bookings Team know if you would like to use this when making your booking.

Is there first aid on site?

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Yes

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Yes - for more information, please visit

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Yes - please confirm requirements for members of your group with additional needs when making your booking

Anything else?

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Due to limitations on capacity inside the main house and the Swiss Cottage, booking a time slot to visit these is essential. Please request a slot when making your booking. If you wish to use the Education Room, it must also be requested when making your booking.




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