Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future

Using objects, old and new

We can learn a good deal about a society or culture by looking at the things or objects that people use. When we talk about man-made objects from the past, we call them artefacts.

Good reasons for using artefacts with children

The tactile, hands-on experience will suit children across the ability range and can leave a lasting impression.

Teaching History

Artefacts are primary sources of evidence for the past and can give a whole range of information: for example, about everyday life, materials available, technological skills, people’s values, trade and communication, change and continuity over time.

They offer opportunites to develop investigative skills: for example, identification, detailed observation, classification, interpretation, recording and communicating.

Teaching Literacy and Numeracy skills

Artefacts can be used as a vehicle to encourage:
• Data recording
• Expressing ideas
• Creative writing
• Descriptive work
• Vocabulary development
• Estimating shape and size
• Measuring
• Drawing to scale

Children practised their sketching skills

Children at Diocesan and Payne Smith CEP School, Canterbury, practised their sketching skills.


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