Understanding chronology is at the heart of our session and Lesnes Abbey’s history spans from its creation in 1178 by Richard de Luci to 1525 when it was closed by Cardinal Wolsey.
Age: Key Stage 1 (5-7) and Key Stage 2 (7-11)
Curriculum Links: a local history study, a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
Description: Children will start by creating their own personal timeline before becoming time detectives by identifying mystery historical artefacts and placing them in the correct order. Outside in the ruins they will complete a British history timeline using famous events from the Stone Age to the Second World War.
The second half of the day will use historical maps to track the changes that have occurred in Bexley and London from the Roman city of Londinium to the modern-day capital. Afterwards the class will act out historical events that have happened at Lesnes Abbey including the murder of Thomas Becket and the dissolution of the monasteries under the rule of King Henry VIII.
Costs: £7 per child
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