Year 7 History
your class to visit the House to see the nuns' skeletons next to the library.
Some preparation will be needed before this visit. Use the OHP to show
your class the plans of the nunnery and the House
as a country house. Point out to the pupils where they are going in the
House. At this stage do not say what they will see and keep it a mystery!
Timing: This visit is best done just before the trip to Castle
Acre. It will help develop their observational skills.
Take them to the area outside the library. Open to the white
door to the right of the door. Lift the wooden doors and turn on the
light switch on the right.
a) Who were these people?
b) Why are they buried here?
Look at the picture on the wall outside the room.
b) The Chapter House Arch.
c) The window in room 51 which can be seen from
the foot of the wooden stairs. (Do not let children
use these stairs as they date from 1830). Use the main student staircase
if necessary. You could also show them the window in the Montagu Room
if there is time and the room is free.
d) The Inner Hall. What is unusual about this room and the corridors around
e) Tell them the ghost story about the cold spot on the stairs.
a) A plan of the nunnery.
b) A modern plan of the House/school.
They can plot where the bodies are located.
c) Show them a source on the closure of the nunnery.
d) Use the guidebook section on the staircase area.
Back in the classroom pupils should write up their answers to the initial
questions using the evidence they have gathered.