Year 10 Students studying GCSE History at Mildenhall College of Technology attended a pilot dig of the Cambridge Archaology Project (CAP) last week in Isleham. The results of initial feedback collected from students at the end of the two days excavating their own archaeological test-pit are extremely encouraging and demonstrate that CAP excels at the learning objectives it set to achieve.
83% of feedback respondents reported the dig as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’. As well as evidently enjoying the experience, the excavation has improved pupils’ motivation and attitude towards their History GCSE more generally. In response to the statement, “I think I will remember more about the place we were in from doing the dig than I would have done if I had just looked round it with a questionnaire” 88% strongly agreed or agreed. The feedback responsdents were also asked whether they were more pleased to be studying History GCSE now than before they took part in the digging and again 88% strongly agreed or agreed that they were.
Following Carenza’s attendance at the National Schools History Project conference last July, ACA have already had several requests for CAP digs in 2012. Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure a CAP booking for next summer. You will also find further details on our website.