I had a brilliant time recently at St John’s Primary School in Sandbach Heath. I was thrilled by the sea of eager faces grinning up at me as I explained how archaeology was “rubbish” and demonstrated how archaeologists excavate artefacts.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, but I am repeatedly amazed at how children as young as 5 and 6 years old can engage with the subject of archaeology and contribute so thoughtfully to the workshops.
I could tell you all about it myself, but I think I’d rather let their teacher, Miss Ollier, tell you about it in her own words…
“The children were very enthused by you because of your obvious love of archaeology. They wanted to learn as much as they could and asked you lots of questions to find out as much as they could. They especially liked guessing who all of ‘the archaeology is rubbish’ objects belonged to. It was interesting to hear the children discussing their ideas and piecing together all of the evidence to guess that the first bag was a bag of objects belonging to you.
There were lots of different archaeology activities for the children to take part in which kept them all engaged and excited. All of the children were able to access the activities at their own level, especially the placing of the object pictures under the ground. The resources were extremely well organised and ready for the children to use and the children enjoyed looking at them all and discussing their thoughts and ideas.
The children were wearing fluorescent jackets and using archaeology tools which they found extremely exciting. I was amazed to see the children taking their time to dig up the artefacts and using the tools to think about what they found. They discussed their finding with you and you gave them chance to ask questions and think about what the pieces could be. A really inspiring afternoon for the children! Thank you!
I would just like to say a big thank you for coming into my classroom which such enthusiasm. They children were inspired by you and are still talking about it.”
You can also access St John’s blog about the workshop here. Happy viewing!