Digging up facts

Archaeology lessons held at Orchard Head school. Pupil Lucy Webb with some of the 'finds'.'p6657b142
Archaeology lessons held at Orchard Head school. Pupil Lucy Webb with some of the 'finds'.'p6657b142
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INQUISITIVE students at Pontefract’s Orchard Head J&I School unearthed a wealth of knowledge in an exciting archaeology lesson last week.

David Roberts, a PhD student from York University, taught the lessons about rock formation and archaeological techniques to year three pupils.

Teachers at the Orchard Head Lane school decided to hold the unusual lesson after looking at the results of a survey sent to parents asking what they wanted their children to be taught at school.

Claire Marie Habbishaw, deputy head teacher, said: “We had a great response to our survey and parents said they would like their children to learn about practical skills of scientists and modern day issues.

“We will obviously be sticking to the national curriculum but we will be teaching the pupils in more practical ways.

“The children have just started learning about Roman Castleford and we thought if someone could bring in artefacts and describe the techniques they use to learn about these ancient civilizations it would give the pupils a lot more interest in the subject.”

Pontefract Education Trust – a group of 12 schools which liaises with universities and organisations to provide better teaching possibilities – organised the lessons.