Submitted by Fiona Watson on 21-03-2017 16:02:26
During our visit we studied three sites with the pupils of Stornoway Primary School and the Nicholson Institute using methods drawn from professional heritage practice. These included map regression (a spot the difference through time mapping exercise); field and building survey as well as photography.
Hands on investigation enables children and young people to see how knowledge is constructed and think about everyday places in a new way whilst having fun. They get to work on their literacy and numeracy in a meaningful and practical setting as well as gain new skills and potentially generate new interests. Importantly this can happen outside contributing to their health, well being and sense of adventure!
With an abandoned tower, mystery site visit (read drained water feature...) and a converted farm house we had a great selection of structures and time periods to keep us entertained. Primary 4 and 5 counted corbels; decided on diameters; sketched snapped and mapped. Secondary 2 learned to read and record the evolution of a building - both inside and out as part of their wider history project.
SUP would like to thank Stornoway Primary, the Nicholson Institute and Museum nan Eilean for a wonderful few days. We’re already looking forward to next time!