Schools come together for fun archaeology day at Thetford Grammar School

School children from four schools came together at Thetford Grammar School for an archaeology day. P

School children from four schools came together at Thetford Grammar School for an archaeology day. Picture: Caroline Griffiths - Credit: Archant

Children from four schools came together for a fun and informative day of archaeology-based activities.

Four-year-old Mia and museum freelancer Jenny Hawker, searching for artefacts during Thetford Gramme

Four-year-old Mia and museum freelancer Jenny Hawker, searching for artefacts during Thetford Grammer School's archaeology day. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Organised by Thetford Grammar School and the Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life, pupils were able to excavate artefacts in the sand, including coins and bones, and discover and records thing about a skeleton.

The grammar school's pre-prep pupils and years five and six pupils were joined by children from Brookes Cambridge, near Bury St Edmunds, Forest Academy in Brandon and Elveden Primary Academy.

Arlo, 10, and Henry, 11, from Thetford Grammar School working on pottery recording as the school hos

Arlo, 10, and Henry, 11, from Thetford Grammar School working on pottery recording as the school hosted an archaeology day. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant


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Nicki Peace, head of the pre-prep and preparatory school, said it was good to establish links between the schools.

She said: 'It is really positive. For the pupils it is an opportunity to work with different people.

'The museum can bring resources in that we don't have and the pupils can experience something different.

'We just like to give our children opportunities and to excite them.'

She added: 'It was brilliant to see the children working together in hands-on sessions and using the fascinating theme of archaeology to explore a variety of subjects including history, art and design, English and maths.'

The youngsters were able to press their own coins to keep, and measured, recorded and drew pottery.

The youngsters also determined the gender of a skeleton, which had been found in a burial site, and tried to work out how the person had died and how long ago it was.

Staff members and volunteers from the museum were on hand to supply their knowledge and resources.

Jenny Hawker, a museum freelancer at Ancient House, helped the junior school pupils to excavate items including coins, bones and tusks from sand.

She said: 'The children knew to be careful and not to break things.

'They will keep the finds and have a museum in the classroom. Hopefully this will inspire them.'

Zoe Maguire, who is PE coordinator at Elveden Primary Academy, said: 'It is really good and it is nice to have this collaboration with the schools. It has been really good for us to keep links with Thetford Grammar School. It is amazing how well the pupils have engaged with it.'

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