Community archaeology: Reach Out Project
Senior Human Osteologist Mike Henderson led a hands-on archaeology session for a classroom of children in a short film and free resource for the Reach Out Project. The project aimed to attract more pupils into science careers, improve teaching in science and increase science literacy.
Pupils from All Saints Church of England Primary School in Fulham, London, took part in the classroom session exploring Life and Death in Victorian London.
Teacher Ellie McMahon, remarked: “Cross-curricula links are a fantastic way of getting children excited about the curriculum…it gets children to be able to experience things in a hands-on way, in a visual way.”
Through a series of activities, Mike encouraged the children to investigate what human remains and artefacts reveal about people in the past. From skeleton models and jigsaws to storytelling and handling sessions with real archaeological artefacts, the pupils gained a basic understanding of the techniques used by archaeologists to study the past.