Holistic History for Key Stages 2 to 3

Date Posted: 24/01/2015

Northumberland National Park has developed a series of ‘loan boxes’ that can be used before and after field trips to expand knowledge.

Studies show that school trips have a better effect on student’s learning when they are preceded and followed up by learning in the classroom.

So the development of a series of new ‘loan boxes’ by Northumberland National Park will come as welcome news to teachers trying to implement a holistic approach to field trips.

The loan boxes have been sponsored by the North Pennines AONB Partnership as part of the North of the Wall Altogether Archaeology partnership project between the North Pennines AONB Partnership and the Northumberland National Park Authority.

Each box contains a series of replica artefacts from history, as well as archaeological tools and scale models of ancient sites in the North Pennines and Northumberland national Park.

They’re loaned out to schools for free and can be used independently or alongside free teaching packs including Topic Outlines, In-class Presentations and Activity Booklets, which are downloadable from the National Park website.

Written specifically for Key Stages 2 and 3 in the updated UK National Curriculum, these resources aim to give teachers local case studies, information on the latest archaeological research and thinking, contact details for hands-on heritage demonstrators in the Northumberland area, as well as fun activities for teaching the fascinating history and archaeology of the region.

Crucially, the boxes are complemented by tips on arranging excursions to archaeological sites in the area.

National Park community archaeologist, Krissy Moore, has tested the Loan Boxes and Education Packs with members of the new, Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC), and schools and colleges in the north east.

She said: “We’ve had a great time trying out the activities. I’ve tried to make the packs helpful for teachers, to give them the answers they need to teach about archaeology using local examples, but also to have lots of fun with hands-on activities that help kids practice the skills they learn in other topics.

“Archaeology draws on lots of core subjects: Maths, Science, Art, English and Geography, as well as History. It’s a great way to get kids outside and put their learning into practice.”

Contents of the boxes include…

Prehistoric Technology – the Stone Age to the Iron Age Loan Box is a small loan box with a selection of artefacts demonstrating technological development in techniques and materials from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

The box may optionally also be used with the Prehistoric Landscapes and Archaeology in the Northumberland National Park education pack.

Prehistoric Technology – Stone Age Loan Box is a small loan box containing a selection of artefacts demonstrating the wide range of technology and materials used in the Stone Age, specifically the Neolithic period.

Although called the stone age a wide range of materials from bone and horn to leather and plant fibres was used.

The box may optionally also be used with the Prehistoric Landscapes and Archaeology in the Northumberland National Park education pack.

Early Medieval Archaeology Loan Box is a small loan box containing a selection of artefacts demonstrating the artistic, cultural and technological achievements of the Early Medieval Period, focussing on examples from Northumberland.

Once mistakenly called the Dark Ages, the Early Medieval period is now recognised as the time when many significant events took place which shaped English and British culture.

Telling Stories about the Past: What do Archaeologists Do? Loan Box is a large loan box containing real archaeological excavation and recording tools, fact sheets, photo resources, printed activity and excursion resources and real archaeological artefacts.
It aims to introduce KS2 and KS3 students to the practicalities of archaeological investigation and includes advice on arranging a trip to Walltown.

The box is designed for use with the downloadable Telling Stories about the Past: What do Archaeologists Do?  education pack.

Iron Age Hillforts in Northumberland National Park Loan Box is a large loan box containing real and replica artefacts. It focuses on the investigation of the

Iron Age Hillforts of north Northumberland, and aims to introduce KS2 and KS3 students to the practical and theoretical sides of excavating, recording and understanding these striking monuments.

It includes advice on arranging excursions to several hillforts in the Coquet Valley, the College Valley and the Breamish Valley. The box is designed for use with the downloadable Iron Age Hillforts in Northumberland National Park education pack.

Community Archaeology Toolkit Loan Box is a large loan box containing all the basic archaeological tools needed for excavation, drawing and recording.

It is not linked to a specific education pack, but is designed for schools, colleges and community archaeology groups to borrow while conducting their own practical activities, and includes printed copies of excavation and recording guidelines.

Hetha Burn Settlement Loan Model is a model of the Iron Age enclosed settlement of Hetha Burn. Excavated in the 1970s by archaeologist Colin Burgess, Hetha Burn is an important local site which tells a great deal about the development of settlement in Northumberland.

This model can be investigated with its accompanying Information Sheet and also adds extra detail to the downloadable Iron Age Hillforts in Northumberland National Park education pack.

Iron Age Round-House Loan Model is a model of a reconstructed Iron Age round house, based on examples excavated in Northumberland and the rest of England.

Roundhouses are the most distinctive type of Iron Age dwelling, after the impressive hillforts. This model can be investigated with its accompanying Information Sheet and also adds extra detail to the downloadable Iron Age Hillforts in Northumberland National Park education pack.

The Lost Palace Literacy Resource Loan Pack. There are two hard-copies of the freely downloadable Literacy Resource Loan Pack available for loan, including reading booklets, overhead transparencies, a CD-ROM and Teacher's Notes.

Full details of the boxes, models and teaching aids can be found on the National Park website.

The free resources can be collected from the Northumberland National Park Authority's office in Hexham by contacting reception on enquiries@nnpa.org.uk  or by phone 01434-605555 for more information. There is no minimum loan period, but the maximum loan period is one month.





 

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