How to use the Pupils Site
The Pupils Site consists of 6 activity stages that are undertaken in a sequence.
- introduce pupils to the historical and archaeological evidence for Roman Sandy,
- invite them to interpret that evidence,
- provide the opportunity to reconstruct a picture of the past and then
- allows them to "test" what they have learnt through their activities.
Generally pupils need to complete each stage correctly before they are able to move on to the next activity and so put together the final picture and receive their certificate. However a facility to allow users to begin at any stage in the sequence has also been provided, in case pupils can not complete the activities in one session.
In addition, a "Detective's Sheet" has been provided to allow pupils to record the answers to the activities as they progress through the stages and thus form a record of their work in addition to the final quiz sheet and certificate. A copy of the Detective's Sheet can be printed from here and also from the introductory page to the pupil site.
Organisation of Pupil Site
Site Entry Page
Initial point of entry to the pupil site with an invitation to take part in the 6 stages of an investigation in order to put together the picture of Roman Sandy.
Pupils are also invited to print off a copy of the Detective's Record Sheet to note their observations and solutions to the puzzles in the 6 stages. This can be used as a record of their achievements and progress.
Alternatively this sheet could be copied for use prior to beginning the investigation.
Stage one An Unusual Discovery
Historical Research and Archaeological Investigation
This stage introduces the archaeological site of Roman Sandy that was excavated in the late 1980s, and the process by which information about its past use was gathered. It introduces the concepts of historical and archaeological evidence and how resource materials can be gathered. It encourages pupils to draw conclusions from the evidence and to form a hypothesis about the nature of the site.
Stage two - Digging Up the Past
This stage reveals the range of archaeological evidence for Roman Sandy uncovered during the excavation. It encourages pupils to begin to interpret the evidence in order to start to draw conclusions about life in the Roman town.
Stage three - Understanding Roman Sandy
This stage introduces pupils to the post-excavation work of the archaeologist. A number of different types of evidence are presented and pupils are invited to interpret it in order to answer questions about the way of life in Roman Sandy -
- What were the buildings of Roman Sandy like ?
- What did the people of Roman Sandy look like ?
- What jobs did people in Roman Sandy do ?
- How did people get to Roman Sandy ?
- How were the people of Roman Sandy buried when they died ?
- What gods did people in Roman Sandy worship ?
Stage four - What Did Roman Sandy Look like?
Using archaeological evidence to reconstruct the past.
This stage concentrates on the evidence for the buildings and landscape of Roman Sandy. The pupils are presented with a reconstruction painting of the Roman town - which is unfinished. The pupils are invited to use the evidence to decide how to complete the picture.
Stage five - A Visit to The Roman Senate
Consolidation of information and skills used on the site.
Pupils are invited to travel back in time to the Roman senate where they are asked to describe Roman Sandy to the senators. Using the evidence and information they have encountered in the previous stages, their answers draw comments from the senate relating their experiences elsewhere in the empire.
Stage six - So You Think You Know About Roman Sandy
Activities to use information and skills gathered throughout the site.
The final stage offers a number of ways for pupils to use the information and skills they have gained throughout the other stages and to record their achievements in a permanent form. This section cannot be completed online.
The four possible activities are
- Quiz Time - A multiple choice quiz
- The Story of Roman Sandy - A close procedure exercise on the story of Roman Sandy
- The Museum - Writing captions for a selection of artefacts from the site.
- A Picture of the Past - Archaeological evidence from the site is matched with reconstruction drawings of Roman Sandy.
The final page of the site will allow pupils to print out a Completion Certificate.
Watson I, 1997 Using Roman Sites English Heritage
Henson D, (ed) 1997 Teaching Archaeology: A United Kingdom Directory of Resources English Heritage