Investigate Archaeology

Teachers' notes

These activities allow you to explore archaeological concepts and relate them to science, technology, engineering and maths. The activities have been designed specifically to work with science and archaeology clubs based in museums or schools. But the activities link to many museum collections and can be used in conjunction with a museum visit or as a stand-alone activity.


Curriculum Links

Key Stage 2 Science

Key Stage 2 History

Key Stage 2 Design and Technology

Themes: Scientific Enquiry, Forces, Energy, Measurement,  Human Body, The Environment, Materials and their Properties, Romans, Greeks, Archaeology

How this resource could be used:

There are a number of possibilities for using this resource.  It could be used as part of the curriculum, either as stand alone lessons as a sequence of lesson.  It could also be used to support enrichment activities or extension work on top of existing schemes of work.  It could be particularly useful for using with Gifted and Talented students.
Ben Thompson, Deputy Head, The Business Academy, Bexley

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the the scientific principles used in various archaeological techniques and discoveries.
  • To explore scientific properties and facts about everyday materials.
  • To develop techniques related to scientific enquiry and problem solving skills.
  • To apply mathematical process to assist with the solving of problems.
  • To develop and use the design process in a practical context.
  • To use scientific knowlege to explain the unexpected.
This resource was created as part of the Creative Minds Project. Creative Minds aims to provide young people with learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (S.T.E.M) using Museums, Libraries and Archives.

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