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Westbury Leigh Archaeologists

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Westbury Leigh Primary School’s year 4 children have ‘dug’ their way into a new term by becoming young archaeologists.

To launch their new topic on the Anglo – Saxons, they wanted to find out the history of these invaders through the exploration and study of a range of arte facts. Local Wiltshire Young Archaeologist Club leader, Louise Mansbridge, taught the children how to use specific tools and techniques to uncover a range of artefacts dating back to different time periods. Through discussion and examination, they predicted what the artefacts might have once been and when it dated back to.  

Year 4 teacher Mrs Atwill said, “It was great to see such enthusiasm from all children. They were using their oracy skills in their discussions about the artefacts and particularly enjoyed estimating when they thought the artefacts dated back to. We certainly have some young archaeologists in the making!” 

History enthusiast Harvey, aged 9 said, “I really enjoyed the uncovering of different time periods. I found an upper jaw of a young prehistoric hippo and I thought it was from the Cambrian period. This is going to help me on my journey to my dream job which is to be a palaeontologist and following in David Attenborough’s footprint.” 

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