Picture This: A Week Of Writing

If you read my last blog post, you’ll know I’ve recently visited the Kelvingrove art gallery and museum in Glasgow. If you hadn’t, you’ll know now.

Whilst I was there, we spotted some stone carvings which were really interesting. The museum had no idea what they would’ve been used for and this got me thinking. I wondered why someone would spend so long making something so resilient look so good (and I imagine they’d looked better). Were they something special? Maybe something to do with a currency?

When we got back to school, following the half term break, I showed the children the picture below, explaining what they were and why I thought they were so interesting. We had a big discussion about what we thought with some interesting ideas. Some of the class agreed with me, suggesting that they’re currency. Some thought they were something to do with a pagan religion long ago. Some used their imagination and thought that they were pots to put poison in, or objects that were lit on fire using tar before being launched at an enemy.

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The Big Dig: Our Own Excavation

You may have seen, earlier this term I posted my plans for a ‘Big Dig’ topic all about rocks, soil, minerals, excavations and dinosaurs. Some of the kids had been asking since September to cover dinosaurs and I felt it was time that we did just that.

I’d also felt as though, following the Victorian topic where we didn’t have a school trip, it was something I wanted to make a thoroughly hands-on wow topic. I mean, I always try to do this, but sometimes you know exactly how to capture children’s imagination… and sometimes, for all you try, it’s much more difficult.

It all began when I revealed that the British Archaeological Association had contacted me with a letter expressing that we may have a prehistoric remain with significant importance. Read more