Child's Play

Resources

Vaucluse House Excursion Information
Risk Assessment: Vaucluse House
Excursion Introduction: Childsplay
Childsplay: teacher resource kit

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
From $180 for up to 20 students. See below for the full cost scale.
Duration
1 hour 30 minutes presenter led program followed by 1 hour 30 minutes teacher supervised game playing
Session Offered
Monday to Friday
Maximum Students
80 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional visitor costs
Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $8

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Students learn about what it was like to live at Vaucluse House for the wealthy family of William Charles and Sarah Wentworth, with their ten children and many servants. The students explore the ways of life for different household members at Vaucluse House, and make comparisons with their own lives today.

The tour of the house begins in the service wing, visiting the former well, dairy, scullery and kitchen, where students discover how the Wentworth family’s 40 servants ran the household without the help of plumbing, power or electrical appliances. Students also explore the front of the house, including the beautiful drawing room, where the privileged Wentworths led comfortable lives and entertained in style. Upstairs students see the bedrooms and find out what children wore in the 19th century.

There is also a teacher-led component of the program that includes a walk to the vegetable garden, exploring the stables and an opportunity to play some of the games enjoyed by children in the 19th century – croquet, skittles, cup and ball, quoits and hoops.

Prepare your group for a visit with an 'Excursion Introduction' listed under Resources. These introductions are suitable for teachers of children with ASD in integrated classrooms.

COST SCALE

Up to 20 students: $180
Up to 40 students: $350
Up to 60 students: $520
Up to 80 students: $690
 

CONFIRMATION, PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION

You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit.
We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements.
You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking.
Cancellations must be made in writing.
 

CURRICULUM LINKS

Stage 1 History

Present and Past Family Life:

Key inquiry questions:

  • How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
  • How can we show that the present is different from or similar to the past?

HT1-1 Communicates an understanding of change and continuity in family life using appropriate historical terms

HT1-4 Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

The Past in the Present:

Key inquiry questions:

  • What aspects of the past can you see today?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?

HT1-3 Describes the effects of changing technology on people’s lives over time

HT1-4 Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

Similar programs: Now and Then; The Way We Were

Complementary programs: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Plan Your Visit

  • Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
  • Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
  • Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
  • Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Vaucluse House

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030
Phone 02 9388 7922
Fax 02 9337 4963
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Booking Contact

Vaucluse House

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030
Phone 02 9388 7922
Fax 02 9337 4963