At last weekend’s Schools History Project conference in Leeds, it was teachers rather than their students who swapped the classroom for the outdoors in a taster of the Cambridge Archaeology Project (CAP).
The process of digging an archaeological test pit and the potential the activity has for developing students’ understanding of the past was outlined by ACA Director, Dr Carenza Lewis, and Richard Kerridge, Head of Humanties at Mildenhall College of Technology. Year 10 students from his school wrote their GCSE assessed coursework following excavations in the Cambridgeshire village of Isleham, which you can read about here.
The Schools History Project (SHP) campaigns for a school curriculum in which the distinctive contribution of history to the education of children and young people is recognised and developed. Conference attendees Neil Bates and Richard McFahn, contributors to the History Resource Cupboard website, wrote about the workshop on the SHP blog here.