Exploring Anglo-Saxon times
We were then visited by archaeologist Tristan Barham and his team (contacted through the East Sussex Museum), who came and shared their expertise. This group helped the children recreate the building outdoors.
We learnt how to make shingles and wattle walls in willow; to dye, spin and weave wool; make pots; use a pole lathe to make furniture; create fire and make Anglo-Saxon meals - even how to cook bread in a clay oven. In class we researched Anglo-Saxon life from a variety of sources including the internet. Here are some of the skills I felt children used and improved during the project: questioning and problem solving; developing, stretching and exciting the imagination; communication skills; mathematical skills; ICT - recording, researching, communicating with the experts by email; team working and working with members of the larger community. Children were able to follow individual learning paths: there was scope for individuals to explore elements of the experience which appealed to them. The project brought the power of skills-based learning to the front of everyone's thinking and experience - it was unforgettable.
Sue Bingham, Year 4 class teacher, Summerlea CP School, West Sussex.