We picked up our archaeology tools and uncovered years of history, right here in our classrooms!
This week was extremely busy for Kestrels and Skylarks! As well as finishing our 'Wild' learning, celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday and the start of Terrific Thursdays, we finally began our first topic: Treasure.
We started our topic with our entry point - an archaeological dig! The gasps of delight and excited chatter were only the beginning of some fantastic discussions about the artefacts that we found. There was so many that we had never seen before we did not believe that most of them were real (except from the replica of World War II ammunition, for obvious reasons)!
We used various tools such as paintbrushes and glue spreaders (official tools of course) to delicately and carefully uncover the artefacts buried in our trays of sand. We compared each item that we found whilst discussing what we thought they could be. We created a gallery of artefacts, each finding our personal favourite before using mathematical equipment such as scales and measuring tapes to investigate, record and log details such as it's weight and length.
After we had completed our investigations, we each completed an artefact label which provided answers to questions that us as archaeologists had such as:
- What is the item called?
- Where is it from?
- What was it used for?
- How old is it?
Can we remember the answers to these so that we can educate people at home about our historical finds?
We enlisted the help of dictionaries so that we could practise our word finding skills from our SPaG lessons this week and so that we could ensure all words written were spelt correctly. We then studied the artefacts closely so that we could produce accurate drawings on our artefact cards. The detail in each of them were amazing and would not look out of place in a museum exhibition! It was wonderful to watch the learning taking place and to hear that each conversation remained entirely focussed on the task in hand.
We also shared our 'The Pebble in My Pocket' homework within our classess this week. It was fabulous to hear and see the different ways which the children had chosen to present their adventures. Thank you for all of your support at home ensuring that this task was completed! Have a lovely weekend, the children have definitely earned their rest this week!
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