The Young Archaelogists school visit is very adaptable; complements a range of history topics and can be booked very economically by the hour or as a full day for up to six classes to engage with the resources in sessions led by Greg or Lisa.
How do we know?
For History Detectives sessions, workshops and school visits, featuring hands on historical enquiry through genuine & replica artefacts, Young Archaeologists brings the museum to you.
Pieces of authentic pottery are discussed and Breughel's Children's Games is displayed.
The Box of Bones and our Ancient Artefacts display, authenticated by British Museum experts.
A key question for young children in historical enquiry - how do we know about...? In the introduction to the session, we discuss sources of information and how archaeology is carried out. Our portable display of genuine ancient artefacts, featuring Roman brooches and coins; a Medieval key, spindle whorls and other objects is shown. Historical evidence, as discussed and explained in this short introduction, forms the bedrock for everything we do as Specialists.
The structure of the session is explained and children carousel around the following activities in groups:
Collections of replica and original artefacts from different eras are displayed - eg. toys; vessels; jewellery; appliances. Can the children place them in the correct order by age?
Obscure replica and original antique artefacts are displayed for children to handle and discuss with answers to be shared in the plenary.
The Box of Bones
Plastic bones arranged with evidence of jewellery need to be recorded precisely in sketch form. The children must try to work out the person's cultural background and date the skeleton by
identifying the jewellery elsewhere in the session.
Rich & Poor
High quality, reproduction artefacts which must be grouped into rich and poor. This requires study of the materials used and thought given to the likely age of the objects.
An international coin collection with coins dating back hundreds of
years can be handled. Children are challenged to identify the countries of origin of certain coins, draw pictures or describe others and use their enquiry skills to date others.
The Interactive Clothing Timeline
The session usually ends with dressing up volunteers to join a life-size timeline of people from bygone eras, giving a visual and kinaesthetic context for all of the topics covered in schools.
Finally, three different types of writing surfaces from different eras are shown and the children are asked to identify when people wrote on them.
Resources and costumes for this day (as with all of the Specialists' work) are researched to a high level and are mainly of museum grade. Many objects for this session are real antiques. The workshop features Greek, Roman Egyptian, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian and Modern resources and can be used to complement any history topic.
Please view our Replica Artefact Galleries for pictures of more replica artefacts and toys.
We understand the need for explorative learning and incorporate sensory opportunities. Our Young Archaeologists visit into SEN schools can be less structured if necessary.
The costs quoted below cover the service which can be delivered by one or two Specialists, dependent on your area and other factors (please see our Terms
and Conditions). Full days can be booked up to one hour's drive from
our base. Reduced full days, half days and bookings where both
Specialists are required can take place in schools up to forty minutes
drive from our base.
Full Day - (One Specialist, 9am-3pm)
The full day rate is £250.00 from Autumn 2016 plus mileage (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Reduced Full Day - (One Specialist, 10am-3pm)
The reduced full day rate is £210.00 from Autumn 2016 plus mileage (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Full Day - Double Rate (Two Specialists)
The full day rate for two Specialists is £300.00 from Autumn 2016 plus mileage (£1 per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Half days can incorporate some of the above sessions. The cost for ½ day is £150.00 from Autumn 2016 (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Confirmation of booking is taken as a contract between the school and The Specialists and acceptance of our T & C's.