Joy for pupils in Lowestoft as new Celtic roundhouse officially opens

Official opening of a Celtic Roundhouse in the grounds of Carlton Colville Primary School. Picture:

Official opening of a Celtic Roundhouse in the grounds of Carlton Colville Primary School. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

They already have a replica Anderson Shelter, a Viking longboat and an allotment in their large playing field.

But now pupils at a Lowestoft school have another item of historical importance to add to their outdoor interactive learning sessions.

A new Celtic roundhouse has been unveiled at Carlton Colville Primary School.

It will be used to teach history, along with other subjects including science and art - where it is hoped the roundhouse can inspire drawings and allow the students to discuss the materials used to build the structure.

The roundhouse, made from reed and willow canes, is like one that would have existed in around 500BC. It relates to the current year-three curriculum of learning about the Celts and Romans.

David Curl and Paul Durbidge, of Lowestoft Museum, officially unveiled the roundhouse, which will also be used for storytelling.

'I hope you know how lucky you are,' Mr Curl, the museum's education officer, told the children.

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'When I was at school all we used to have was a little bit of tarmac where we used to chase each other around.'

Mr Durbidge, an archaeology expert for the last 30 years who has previously visited the school to talk with the children about the Saxon era. said: 'They can look in books, they can ask questions they can look on television - but here they can actually go inside and get an idea of how these people lived.'

Headteacher Carol Child concluded: 'We try and give the children a broad and balanced curriculum we come outside as much as possible to make maximum use of our field.

'Our school motto has always been 'what we learn with pleasure we never forget', and that runs through us like a stick of rock. The more fun we have in our learning, the more likely it is to be memorable.'

Beth Palmer, history leader at the school, added: 'There is no way to travel back in time to see what these eras were like but you can bring the past back to life by having spaces like this.

'My next step in terms of history in the spring term is to try and set the children history challenges to get every class out here to experience this.'

Pupil Jessica Scott, 10, said: 'It's awesome and just looking at it makes me feel like I have gone back in time.'

Anya Macfarlane, nine, added: I think it's impressive, I can't wait to go inside.'

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