Eastling Primary School Year 3 and 4 trip to Lees Court Estate
On Friday 19th October, the last day of term. Children in years 3 and 4 at Eastling Primary School travelled by minibus to Lees Court Estate in Baddlesmere to visit the large scale archaeological dig that is currently taking place. The children's topic of study in class for that term was the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age therefore the children and their teacher were excited to hear that an investigation into a prehistoric ritual landscape was happening just ten minutes from their school. The large-scale dig is a collaboration between the Lees Court Estate and the Kent Archaeological Society, assisted by the University of Kent. On Friday afternoon the class met with archaeologist, Dr Steven Willis, who led them on a tour around the site. The children explored a surviving burial mound from the Bronze Age and the excavation trench at the site, as well as, having an opportunity to hold a range of prehistoric artefacts. The trip was a fantastic way to end both the topic and the first term of school. It was of high educational value for the children to see evidence of the history they were learning about first hand and in their local area. The class will continue to monitor the progress of the Lees Court Estate dig and have produced some excellent pieces of work as a result of the visit.
Lucas (aged 9)- ‘I can’t believe we saw a Bronze Age axe, you could imagine what it would have been like in the Bronze Age.’
Mabel (aged 7)- ‘I’ve always wanted to be an archaeologist myself so it was amazing to see Dr Willis at work in Baddlesmere.