Workshops for Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 workshopAn Enrichment Through Archaeology Key Stage 2 workshop is the perfect complement to history topics in Key Stage 2. The Romans, Ancient Greeks and, of course, the relative newcomer to the curriculum, ‘Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age’ are all catered for.

Why one of our workshops?

All our Key Stage 2 workshops address the Primary History Curriculum learning objectives, such as developing a chronologically secure knowledge and an understanding of British, local and world history. I have designed all the workshops to encourage children to note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop an appropriate use of historical terms. Our Key Stage 2 workshops also prompt children to ask and answer historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

Our Key Stage 2 workshops are differentiated by outcome. In practice, a child in Y3 will do the same activity as a child in Y6 but with a different expectation of what can and is likely to be achieved.  Resources are, of course, carefully prepared, depending on your needs.

Why Archaeology?

Good question! Archaeology is a subject which lends itself to cross-curricular learning and addressing curriculum objectives. I will tailor each workshop to your class or school needs. Subjects which benefit from this include Geography (e.g. mapping, sketch maps and plans, developing fieldwork skills), Science (e.g. physical properties of rocks, gathering and recording data, human evolution) and Maths (e.g. measurement). Each Key Stage 2 workshop gives children the chance to explore the past through objects which people used. Learning to think through objects offers children a very different and stimulating style of learning.

All Key Stage 2 workshops include an introduction to archaeological concepts and processes. Added bonuses for the children are that they get to use archaeological tools, handle genuine and reproduction artefacts, and meet real archaeologists! Teachers have remarked how useful it is for children to see that being an archaeologist is something both girls and boys can consider as a career!

At the heart of what I do is place an emphasis on children creating their own interpretations. With basic instruction on how archaeologists look at artefacts, I will encourage them to think about why they have interpreted an object in a certain way. There are no right or wrong answers, only those that are more probable than others.

Whilst workshops can appeal to and engage all year groups and abilities, they can also be geared towards Gifted & Talented individuals. Archaeology can be a fun way to stretch the more able. I encourage epistemological questions such as ‘how do we know what we know about the past?’ to exercise higher-level thinking skills.

Here’s what one client said

It was the most hands-on for the children and they don’t get to do things like that often. The children learnt so much about what it might be like to be an early human as well as an archaeologist. The day was organised and structured really well. I don’t think it could have been done better.” Helen Robbins Yr 3/4 teacher, Lapal Primary School, Halesowen.

Example of a Key Stage 2 workshop:

Archaeology of Prehistory (Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age Archaeology)

This is fast becoming the most popular Key Stage 2 workshop teachers ask for! Archaeology is the principle way we know about prehistory in Britain. Human occupation of Britain goes back some 800,000 years – long before writing arrived here with the Romans. A Key Stage 2 workshop can cover the whole of British prehistory. Alternatively, you can book a workshop focussed one or more of the periods involved.

I use a mini-excavation, during which the children work together to excavate artefacts from British prehistory. They then move on to work on analysing the objects they find and produce their own understanding of what the object is. To bring all the ideas and concepts covered during the workshop, it closes with an interactive story using the artefacts discovered by the children.

I offer this as a 2 hour or 3 hour workshop. The added bonus of a 3 hour workshop is the opportunity for a D&T element. This offers children the opportunity to make their own prehistoric pots such as Neolithic Grooved Ware or Bronze Age beakers.

Book a Key Stage 2 workshop now!

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Do look at my price list for details and check out the examples of workshops undertaken with other schools.

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