Wednesday, 15 June 2011

St Helens Primary Wednesday the 15th of June 2011

Today we went back to St Helens Primary school, where the children were firstly asked to write all the objects, places, colours and smells that they saw on their route to school this morning.

Despite the rain we then moved outside to the playground to draw a global map. We started by asking the children where they would place Swansea, leading on to ask where they were born, parents were born etc and to draw these locations using chalk. We then gave each child a footballers name from either Swansea City or Manchester City and asked them to place themselves firstly where they play and secondly where they were born.

We then passed around the weight lobe, asking what the children thought it was used for, followed by showing photographs of the weight being used by a Webster drawn onto ancient ceramics. We also passed around other archaeological artefacts which the children enjoyed handling and learning about.

We then showed the Tessera Hospitalis, asking again if the children knew what it was and the reasons for having one. This was followed by a short play which you are able to see in the video performed by Catrin Webster and Elena Isayev to demonstrate the use of the Tessera.

We then gave the children paper to draw their own Tessera Hospitalis, simply drawing the outline of a shape that they would like to be remembered by and that will be laser cut within stainless steel and placed in Swansea city centre.

Emma Simmonds

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