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School Visits -The Essential Guide
Workshops at Kent Life 2013/2014
School Booking Form
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Schools and Pre Schools Risk Assessment
Code of Practice - Advice to Teachers
Homes in the Past Activity Sheet
On the Farm
Children in the Second World War
Kitchen Garden Quiz Sheet
Homes in the Past Activity Sheet
WWII Quiz Sheet
1940's House Teachers Notes
WWII Ration Book template
WWII Gas Mask template and instructions
WWII Identity Card Template
Hopping down in Kent is an exciting website all about hop picking and the people who worked in the hoppers fields, from the 1850s to the present day. The website has been created for schools to support the learning of Key Stage II History. The free downloadable worksheets, scheme of work, online activities and themed image galleries offer a genuinely new approach to Local Studies.
Please note: due to technical difficulties beyond the control of Kent Life, the registration and video access is currently unavailable. You can still use the other fantastic resources by simply visiting the website. We apologise for any difficulties this may cause.
A large long-handled fork with sharp, widely spaced prongs for lifting and pitching hay.
The great advantage of the serrated-blade sickle was that it never required sharpening. Its cutting action was not as smooth, however and required the crop to be held steady whilst being cut.
A sickle is a curved, hand-held cutting tool typically used for reaping grain crops before the advent of harvesting machinery.
This smooth bladed sickle would be held in a single hand and simply swept through the crop to cut it.
Although root vegetables could be lifted from the soil by a plough-like device which would be pulled by a horse team, the rest of the beet harvest was by hand. One labourer grabbed the beets by their leaves, knocked them together to shake away loose soil, and then laid them in a row.
A dibber is a prodding tool used to make holes in cultivated soil for planting seeds, bulbs and seedlings. This particular one has been fashioned from a fork handle, probably by the local blacksmith and is engraved with the initials of its owner.
Generally a wimble is a boring tool, such as a gimlet or a brace and bit. However, the term also applies to a winding device such as this, which would have been used to twist straw into rope of considerable length.
This device was undoubtedly the precursor of the modern football 'clacker'.
Children would be employed to walk the fields spinning these and making as much noise as possible to scare hungry birds away from young crops or newly planted seed.
This has a larger blade than an ordinary sickle and was faster to use, cutting closer to the ground and thus yielding a greater length of straw.
This is a really huge knife, measuring about a metre from handle to tip of blade. It would have been used with powerful, downward strokes to cut into stacks of hay, which become compacted and very dense.
A utensil of wire mesh or closely perforated metal, generally used for straining, sifting or sorting.
This particular sieve dates from the 1890s and is almost a metre wide. It was used to separate large potatoes from small.
This seed dibber was crudely carved from a stick and is a fine example of an impromptu tool fashioned from readily available materials.
The purpose of the substantial hook is unsure, it might have simply been a handle, but is likely to have had a more specific function.
Raw turnips were used for feeding sheep and cattle, but even their powerful teeth would have trouble chewing up a whole one!
Used a bit like a spade and thrust down hard onto the vegetables, this device would chop them up into small, chewable pieces.
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We extend a warm welcome to all of our visitors.However, due to the nature of our site, access to the upper floors will be difficult for certain visitors. The attraction is situated in 28 acres of farmland with some slopes and hills. Caution is advised on the Wildlife Discovery Trail. Kent Life has wheelchairs which can be reserved (subject to availability), wheelchair accessible toilet facilities, disabled parking and assistance for visitors with disabilities. Essential carers are admitted free of charge.
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