Don’t take our word about our workshops, this is what teachers have said:
“The children were heavily involved in a practical activity and this sparked a lot of discussion and they began using a great vocabulary and to use it in the correct way. They learned a lot about different types of pottery and the marks on them. They also learned about the different ages.This was a fantastic day which was absolutely loved by every single child involved and I would like to say a massive thank you from all of the staff at Hampton College Primary Phase.” Callum Waters, Hampton College, Peterborough.
“It was all excellent! The introduction using the bag of evidence engaged the pupils interest immediately. The trenches were fabulous and the range of artefacts to be uncovered was very impressive and clearly carefully planned. The pupils were able to make appropriate deductions for themselves which they could confirm or amend with the information sheets. They definitely developed their thinking skills and confidence in venturing opinions/asking questions. They enjoyed the opportunity to handle artefacts and were very excited to spot connections between them!” Rachel Burn, Loughborough High School.
“10/10! We learnt more about the chronology of the past i.e. a timeline that links together. We learned about how to carefully excavate objects and the meaning behind what we find. Children are much better at thinking about the story behind objects found.” Kaye Russon, Cranberry Academy, Alsager.
“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.
“I especially liked the introduction to tools, digging for artefacts and then presenting them. Practice for children, not something they can do in class but also had a purpose. The children were also able to generate lots of next steps for where they want to go next with their learning. Daniel Armstrong, St Bede’s Primary, Weaverham.
“The children had a wonderful afternoon and it really helped to open up our topic. It was lovely to meet you, thank you so much again and I’m sure I’ll be in touch again at some point for another workshop! ” Josie Lynch, Holden Clough Primary School, Ashton-under-Lyne
“Hands-on digging activities brought history to life! The children were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed ALL activities! What a fun day! Thank you.” Mrs Seddon, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School, Doncaster.
“The children loved excavating and pottery making but learnt lots from all of the sessions. Facts and understanding of the Stone Age has popped up in much of their written work since. The children are able to comment generally on the chronology of the stone and bronze age. On a recent trip, to New Walk Museum in Leicester, they surprised their guide with Catherine and Ian Archaeology day inspired vocabulary. One commented that markings in a clay pot could have been left by a finger nail if it was a thumb pot.” Joe Everton, Frederick Bird Primary School, Coventry.
“The children were utterly captivated!” Stephen Thackray, The Links Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees.
“I thought the whole day was wonderful – the sequence of activities allowed the group to develop rapidly – there was a clear progression of skills throughout the day. The archaeological dig and the pottery activities were particularly enjoyable but I think the other activities were essential in enabling the group to get the most out of those activities. The activities develop a whole variety of skills – thinking, communicating, problem solving. At every point of the day, every child was engaged in active learning. Suzanne Thomas, Garstang Community Primary School.
“Really liked making the pots from fragments – the children’s huge interest and enjoyment.” Jane Stock, Junior School, Northampton High School.
“Great conversations with the children – stretching their vocabulary!” K Harrold, St Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Sheffield.
“Very clear, engaging, interesting and entertaining! Pitched well and excellent resources. The hands-on was very real and excellent artifacts which looked great. The children and I learnt a lot more about archaeologists and how they work. It made us think about different ideas and what artifacts could tell us.” Jason Darley, Class 5, Taxal and Fernilee Primary School.
“Thank you so much for everything you did for us on Tuesday. The activities were fantastic and all the pupils were totally engaged throughout the day. The time flew by so quickly, it was the end of the day before we knew it! You’ve provided the children with some brilliant experiences which they wouldn’t otherwise have had access to and I’m sure they’ve all learnt a lot about not making assumptions and different ways of thinking. I’ll be passing your details on to as many colleagues as I can!” Alison Firth, Yr 6 Teacher, Christ Church C of E Primary, Sowerby Bridge.
“Thank you so much for the day – the children really enjoyed it and got so much from it.” Ambia Khatun, Downfield Primary School, Cheshunt.
“Doing the archaeological dig in the school grounds meant that the children were really engaged and excited about what they might find! Trying to piece bits of pottery together – the children just loved seeing the object start to form. Being an archaeologist and using the correct techniques was fantastic! There are several children at the school with special needs and all the activities were very hands-on and all the children were able to participate. Catherine has a lovely manner and the children respond well to her. She is an excellent speaker and all the staff and children have thoroughly enjoyed here visit, she is welcome again anytime!” Annette Froggatt, Fitzherbert Primary School, Fenny Bentley.
“It really engaged the children and made them draw conclusions from evidence.” Kat Hurdley Yr 3/4 teacher, Greenhill Primary School, Sheffield.
“The children were all engaged and learnt a lot. They were really proud of their models! It was a good insight into archaeology and how it impacts what we know about history.” Christine Hawthorn, New Brighton Primary School, Wallasey.
“It was a fantastic day, even in the rain!” Pat O’Connor, Harpur Hill Primary School, Buxton.
“They learned so much! Chronology of prehistory, how the way of life changed for people during this period of time, some specific knowledge about the day to day lives of Stone Age/Bronze Age people in Britain. They also learned a great deal about the skills employed by an archaeologist – how archaeologists look for clues in order to piece together a story, how we can make deductions based on what we find and see… We have really been able to build on these skills in the classroom – our subsequent history lessons have focused on looking for evidence in order to form conclusions. The work completed on the day provided us with ideas for writing and the children have since written their own archaeological report.” Suzanne Thomas, Garstang Community Primary School.
“It really gave the children a sense of purpose and they thoroughly enjoyed making their own discoveries and hypothesizing what kind of people would have used their finds and what they were used for.” Charlotte Edwards, Holmesdale Community Infant School, Reigate.
“The children really enjoyed participating in the archaeological dig.” Lynsey Gregory, Curbar Primary School.
“It was wonderful to see the children’s faces as they uncovered objects from the past. It was well suited for my year 3s!” Christina Roddis, St Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Sheffield.
“Its the first time prehistory has really made sense to me!” Simeon Colton, Harpur Hill Primary School Buxton.
“Genuine Greek pots!” Emma Pollitt, Scorton CofE Primary School, Preston.
“I really liked the assembly session at the end. It summed up the changes really well!” Susan Perryman yr 3/4 teacher, Greenhill Primary School, Sheffield.
“Hands-on opportunities for young learners – multi-sensory, inclusive and friendly tasks enabled pupils to sample investigative archaeology in a fun and appropriate way.” Lynda Howard, St Anne’s RC Primary School, Buxton.
“10/10.” Mr Prince, Calder Vale St John’s Primary School.
“Your enthusiasm for archaeology was contagious – the children were full of excitement due to how you put each activity across. I thought it was lovely that the rubbish in the first activity was yours, it was a lovely introduction to archaeology but also nice for the children to get to know you better. I felt each activity was fun and engaging – they definitely appealed to all learning styles and all the children thoroughly enjoyed them all. I loved how each child had their own artefact!” Alison Scothern, Cowling Primary School, N. Yorks.
“The children loved it and were able to work out which period things were from following the prior activities. They probably learnt most from this activity and were so excited about their discoveries!” Jen Delaney, Watercliffe Meadow Primary School, Sheffield.
“Activities were absolutely brilliant! The enthusiasm for the hands-on activities were wonderful to see!” Barbara Smith, Harpur Hill Primary School, Buxton.
“PERFECT! It worked well having one class in the morning and one in the afternoon. One little girl said she liked the digging the best because ‘it made me feel like a real archaeologist! The story at the end was particularly interesting as the Stone Age was broken into the different stages. We would love a whole day!” Amy Gee & Hannah Shenton, St Andrews Primary School, Levenshulme.
“I liked the hands-on activities and seeing the children use a range of skills – inferential, observational and thinking. Your expertise brings the subject to life for the children!” Samantha Clark-Allan, Greenhill Primary School, Sheffield.