Building a roundhouse is helping our whole school community

ALL SMILES From left, Owen Wheatley, Liam Watts and Bradley Ottaway-Smith. Picture: Mick Young
ALL SMILES From left, Owen Wheatley, Liam Watts and Bradley Ottaway-Smith. Picture: Mick Young

LETTER OF THE DAY: Housing - more needs to be done

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At Barncroft Primary School we believe that every member of our school community should be afforded every opportunity to believe, achieve, and succeed, write Year 5 teachers John Pitt and Sebastian Olway.

It is with this belief that we are always on the lookout for new ways we can enrich our curriculum, to promote our children’s understanding of the world around them and to encourage them to work towards a better, more active learning community.

During the spring term, when Year 5 were studying The Romans, the Celtic Roundhouse project was first thought of after a visit to Butser Ancient Farm was postponed due to snow.

We built a roundhouse in one of the classroom using chairs and fabric.

It was a blessing in disguise after our trip was postponed.

I thought it would be a fantastic experience to build a real roundhouse on our field.

After some research, we found instructions and the possibility to build a house of our own started to become a reality.

The Celts lived during the Iron Age and were the most powerful people in central and northern Europe from around 750BC to 12BC.

They lived in small community groups or tribes in scattered villages and spoke a vaguely common language.

During the Iron Age, the Celts were simply known by Romans as the ‘Britons’.

It wasn’t until the 18th century that they started to be identified as ‘The Celts’.

While visiting Butser Ancient Farm, it was clear that the children were quite taken with the idea of their ancestors living differently to them. It was this enthusiasm we wanted to build on.

Toby Olway from Staunton Country Park agreed to donate both his valuable time and the materials that we were going to need.

Enthusiastic and dedicated school staff including Ray Miller also donated their time and expertise making the project possible.

The project grabbed the children’s attention from the beginning. Children from different year groups made visits and had plenty of questions to ask.

Already the process of building was making an impact upon the wider school community.

It was time to include the whole Year 5 community –time to call in the parents and children to help build the walls.

We were quite overwhelmed by the response we received and the community spirit that was generated.

Building is well under way and the project continues.