A history lesson with a difference for Horncastle pupils

A pupil takes part in the history session
A pupil takes part in the history session

Children from Horncastle Community Primary School had a taste of prehistoric life when they were visited by archaeologists from Heritage Lincolnshire.

Year 3 pupils discovered how archaeologists use artefacts to study what life would have been like in Lincolnshire in this remote period, before written records began.

Pupils tried their hand with a quern stone which Iron Age people used to make bread. They also baked a simple type of bread which would have been eaten at the time with authentic toppings of honey, butter or berries.

Pupils were able to handle real artefacts from the Trust’s collections, including some of the Roman objects unearthed on its excavations off Boston Road in Horncastle last year.

They also learned how people would have spun wool by hand to make clothes - and got their hands dirty making and decorating clay spindle whorls.

Ian Marshman, the Trust’s education and outreach officer said: “Children can sometimes struggle to understand when exactly prehistory was, so to put things in perspective we made a human timeline where pupils held an object from each period.

“We started with an iPad for the present.

“We went all the way around the school hall before finishing with a hand axe for the Palaeolithic”.

Year 3 class teacher Mrs Gallacher, said: “The children really enjoyed the activities.

“It was a great way to start them with the new topic.”