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Year 8 Project
Teacher Notes.

Teaching suggestions

1. The booklets must be collected back in number order to facilitate checking. On no account must they be handed out for pupils to take home.
Work will be done on A5 paper and compiled into a booklet.
3. Pupils should be encouraged to make sketches of features such as the chapter house arch and lancet windows in the house. They can also be given reduced copies of the plans which they can annotate. This could also be marked under the drawings section. SPG will distribute master copies of the plans.
4. Discourage them from doing elaborate title pages in lesson time.

Lesson 1.
1. Initially pupils should study the plans of the House so they can look for similarity and differences between the plan of the nunnery and the present school. We have an OHP which can be used to overlay the nunnery plan onto the house plan.
A comparison table can be drawn onto paper.

2. A basic discussion of architectural styles can then take place. There are examples of Tudor and Gothic styles in the HAU drawer. You can also talk about the type of building materials they will see such as brick and stone and how they can be used to date buildings. Tell them to look out the the diaper work. (Another chance for a sketch perhaps?)
Walk them around the exterior of the house. The booklet contains ARP's worksheet. Copies could be made for pupils or they should write notes in their exercise books.
This work can be written up for homework.

Lesson 2.
This should focus on the owners.
Using the booklet they should work through the tasks on page 4 (1 being the cover) entitled 'What changes did the Cromwell family make at Hinchingbrooke'. The information from the guidebook, the timeline of Hinchingbrooke (page 5), page 8 (The Conversion of Hinchingbrooke Nunnery) and page 9 can be used.

Lesson 3.
Visit the interior of the house. Check the bulletin to ensure there are no outside events in any of the key areas first. Show them the main downstairs features. Use the new staircase if you wish to show them the features upstairs in the Montagu room and the interior of the lancet window in room 51, the computer room.
This is also the time to study the portraits if time allows.
In the second half of the lesson they should write up the evidence they have gathered.

Lesson 4
The grounds could be visited following study of the plan and information from the guidebook on the park in the booklet. Get them to look at how the key features have been retained, but also how the park has altered to fit in with its modern use as a school.
Their findings should then be written up.

Lesson 5.
This lesson is the final write up lesson.
They should write a conclusion on what they have found in answer to the question.

Suggested structure:

1. What do the plans shows us about how Hinchingbrooke has changed from 1500 to the present?
-Their similarity/difference table.

2. What can be learned about how Hinchingbrooke has changed from the exterior?

3. How far has Hinchingbrooke changed since it was a nunnery?
This will involve research on the features seen during the visit around the interior of the house and the owners: the Cromwells, the Montagus, and the County Council.

4. How far have the grounds changed?

5. Pupils should be encouraged to include labelled sketches of the windows and an labelled plan of the house.

6. A short bibliography of the sources used.

SPG 11/6/00 


Other Historical Links -

Oliver Cromwell

Hinchingbrooke's Local History Pages -

Samuel Pepys

Civil War

Brief History of the House

The House through the ages

Hinchingbrooke School Homepage