Developing speaking and listening skills through Archaeology

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Heritage Heroes recently received funding from Paul Hamlyn, a fund which provides opportunities for young adults to develop their speaking and listening skills. The Primary 7 pupils from Hawick learning community were given the opportunity to work as an archaeologist. It was explained to pupils that archaeologists always work as part of team and clear communication was important throughout. Each pupil was given a role e.g.we had team leaders, investigators, curators and diggers. In their teams, they excavated an archaeological burial with human bone and artefacts. From the evidence the pupils had to come up with a theory on who this person was, is it male or female/rich or poor/ what job did this person have when they were alive and rather gruesomely how did they die! We’ve had some interesting theories from soldiers dying in battle to housewives falling over plant pots! To come up with these theories, the pupils had to listen to each others opinions on what the different artefacts might tell us about the life of the person buried below.
This session gave pupils the opportunity to develop essential transferrable skills for the workplace such as working together as a team and asking sensible questions to gain more information on the burial. Great debates were had among the pupils when deciding their interpretation. Why not have a listen to some of these theories and decide for yourself who this ancient person might be!

Drumlanrig Primary School

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