Hambledon Cottage Parramatta
Hambledon Cottage offers a comprehensive program for schools,
with a wide variety of hands-on activities,
all designed to fit into about 1.5 hours.
Ironing in the Kitchen Writing with slates! Jacobs ladder Candle-light dining (room)!
Front yard Dress-ups in the Bedroom The amazing dripstone
DURATION – the visit lasts about 1½ hours.
CURRICULUM – based on NSW HSIE syllabus - "Present and Past Family Life" for Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) or in 2014 to "Then and Now" for Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4)
It shows the children what it was like living in the "olden days" (when Mr & Mrs Macarthur's grown-up children and grandchildren lived in the cottage) and compare it with current lifestyles.
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE – all children get a chance to do each activity.
The SCHOOL PROGRAMME:
- The school arrives via the front door and all children leave their bags in vestibule.
- All children and teachers are welcomed.
- Teachers are asked to split the children into groups of about 10.
- They are introduced to the Guides and children asked NOT to handle any objects, other than the hands-on activity items – show white gloves.
- Guides take a group of children to an allocated starting position, with each group spending time in the cottage, participating in activities in each room.
- (Activity 1) KITCHEN
- Different types of Irons are set out on the Kitchen table.
- Q & A re use of irons, then after safety instructions about avoiding dropping the irons, children try using the irons.
- Extension activities may include discussion about:
- Butter Making (churn & pats);
- Storage of eggs;
- (Activity 2) SLATES
- Slates are set out on table on rear verandah.
- Q & A – What are slates? How and why used?
- Slates are used for drawing, writing and erasing.
- (Activity 3) TOYS
- Set on table, perhaps in Exhibition Room.
- Toys (thaumatropes, flip books and Jacob’s Ladder) explained and children try each type.
- Q & A – Differences in toys today & in colonial times.
- (Activity 4) WITHDRAWING ROOM
- Enter via eastern verandah.
- Q & A – How would room be used?
- Discussion could include:
- Sewing Box;
- Playing Cards;
- Writing with quill and ink, shortage of paper, cross-hatched writing, receiver of letter paid for postage;
- Children take turns using one set of Bellows
- (Activity 5) DINING ROOM
- Tea-making equipment set out on table.
- Children shown how to make a cup of tea, using actual tea leaves, tea strainer, etc.
- Q & A – demonstrate Clock, or light Candle, close shutters, turn out light, to experience darkness before electricity, then put out candle with snuffer.
- (Activity 6) BEDROOM
- Discussion about Bed, Mattresses, Commode, washing, getting dressed.
- Child chosen to try on Coat;
- Fans and Gloves may be included.
- STUDY discussions
- No activity, but children may observe various historic pictures.
- GARDEN discussions about Water
- Well – pretend to pump water into bucket;
- FINAL activity:
- Children take bags and sit under Cork tree.
- Clipboards are distributed with 3 prepared sheets
- Sheet 1 – Plan of Cottage – children tick rooms they have visited (Stage 2 only);
- Sheet 2 – Illustration of some articles in cottage – children circle items seen;
- Sheet 3 – Outline of Cottage – children fill in the missing parts, e.g. doors, chimneys.