Somerleyton pupils take a trip back in time with history workshops!

Archaeology day at Somerleyton Primary School. Photo: Somerleyton Primary School

Archaeology day at Somerleyton Primary School. Photo: Somerleyton Primary School - Credit: Somerleyton Primary School

Pupils at a rural primary school have taken a step back in time thanks to an interactive time travelling workshop.

Archaeology day at Somerleyton Primary School. Photo: Somerleyton Primary School

Archaeology day at Somerleyton Primary School. Photo: Somerleyton Primary School - Credit: Somerleyton Primary School

Key Stage Two youngsters at Somerleyton Primary School enjoyed a hands-on history session, courtesy of Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA), on February 23.

The workshop saw the budding archaeologists carry out historical enquiries, question the reliability of evidence and analyse how people lived differently in the past.

The sessions were conducted by Emily Ryley, from ACA, who said: 'They have been a really good class and are very keen to learn and engage with the activities.

'Today has given the pupils the chance to do a range of hands-on archaeology activities which normally they wouldn't have the opportunity to do in a museum or school lesson.'

Archaeology day at Somerleyton Primary School. Photo: Somerleyton Primary School

Archaeology day at Somerleyton Primary School. Photo: Somerleyton Primary School - Credit: Somerleyton Primary School


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The aim of the workshop was to show the youngsters what work is carried out by archaeologists and how it is possible to learn about past civilisations using evidence and artefacts.

Pupils also learnt of the changes that had happened through time in Somerleyton by comparing aerial photographs of present day Somerleyton to a 19th century bird's-eye view of the village.

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Year Six pupil, Isaac, 10, said: 'I learnt that Emily and other archaeologists don't dig up dinosaur bones!

'Today has really brought our history lessons to life as we have done lots of activities such as dealing with animal bones to work out what animal they used to be - a bit like a jigsaw puzzle.

'At first it creeped me out, but it was so much fun and I really want to be an archaeologist when I am older.'

Somerleyton Primary School headteacher Louise Spall added: 'They have been so enthralled in travelling through time that they did not want to go out to break. They were so focussed and as soon as they came back in they wanted to continue their tasks and ask lots of questions.

'Its really good for pupils to ask questions at an early age as by doing this they further their understanding which is really important as they grow older.'

For more information about ACA visit: www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/schools/CALF.

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