Bronze Age tech applied to Curriculum for Excellence

A new teaching resource from Forestry Commission Scotland that marries ancient technology with the 21st century curriculum will get a spectacular launch in Aberdeenshire on Friday 20 March: viewing a solar eclipse from the centre of a mysterious stone circle!

Pupils and teachers from Durris Primary, Crathes Primary and Whitehill Primary Schools will join archaeologists and Forestry Commission Scotland to explore the fascinating history of recumbent stone circles and how they can be used to study a wide range of topics.

Matt Ritchie, the Commission’s archaeologist, said:

“We’ve designed this resource to be fun, engaging and interactive so that pupils and their teachers can use archaeology to inspire creativity and develop understanding in a wide range of lessons.

“It’s incredible to think that even after 4000 years these fascinating Bronze Age stone circles can still excite the imagination and inspire inquisitive minds.

“These are amongst the oldest surviving structures in the north east. They are a fantastic gateway into exploring ways of living and the belief systems of Bronze Age peoples. Exploring the construction and use of the circles can be applied to history, astronomy, maths and geometry.

“The resource provides plenty of opportunities for young people to share their experiences, creativity and understanding and aims to illustrate how the artefacts of the distant past can still be relevant, entertaining and educational.

“And hopefully the experience will raise awareness of the wealth of historic and archaeological learning resources that are available online and in print.”

The launch coincides with British Science Week, a UK-wide initiative promoting science, technology, engineering and maths. The activities in the resource are designed to deliver skills learning and outcomes at Level 2 (Curriculum for Excellence) and, although best suited to pupils in P6 and 7, can be adapted for later or earlier stages.

The launch event will be followed on Saturday 21st March 2015 by a teacher Continuing Professional Development workshop to introduce interested professionals to the learning resource.

The resource aims to complement and support Aberdeenshire Council’s ‘Stone Circle trail’.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.