Task 1: Exploration of Littlecote House

Lesson 1

Students are encouraged, through questions in the rollovers, to investigate the detail of the painting. It includes closed questions, where the answers are given in the pop ups, and more open questions. (See Analysing the Landscape of Littlecote House and Making Decisions about Landscape Paintings)

The rollover questions could form the basis of a class, group or pair-work discussion/s.
Students could be asked to hypothesise about the nature of the painting, e.g.:

Extension Activities

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Lesson 2

Through structured discussion students could share their research and determine the reliability of the Landscape painting as evidence.
Having established the reliability/bias of the landscape painting and its limitations they could then conclude what the painting tells us about seventeenth century life.

Extension Activities

Did you know?

Is newer better?

The last cast-iron British smoothbore cannon – the 68 pounders – were the same calibre (8 inches) as the heaviest guns of King Henry VIII three hundred years earlier. Their performance was probably not very different either!