How to Use Artefacts in the Classroom

Here at Juniper Education, we help bring the museum to your classroom with our artefact loan box collections. In this blog post, we will look at the benefits of handling artefacts in the classroom and how our Education Resource Services can help you bring learning to life in an exciting and memorable way. 

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18th May 2023, marks International Museum Day a celebration that’s held every year and coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Here at Juniper Education, we help bring the museum to your classroom with our artefact loan box collections. In this blog post, we will look at the benefits of handling artefacts in the classroom and how our Education Resource Services can help you bring learning to life in an exciting and memorable way. 

What’s in an Artefacts Box?

An artefacts box could contain jewellery and clothing, items used in the home or the school, replica documents, building materials or religious artefacts. Children can examine the physical characteristics of each object and consider its role and function, its value and importance.

The Benefits of Introducing Artefacts in the Classroom

Handling an artefact encourages pupils to use all their senses, develop their curiosity and questioning skills, learn about other cultures, strengthen their understanding of a period in history and empathise with people from the past.

What We Can Offer

Juniper Education’s Education Resources Service offers over fifty different types of artefact boxes. These boxes include boxes about geographical areas (for example, Africa and India), historical periods (for example, Ancient Greece, Tudors and Victorians), religions (for example, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam), and boxes based on curriculum topics (for example, the Great Fire of London, Toys through the Ages, and Knights and Castles). Each box contains approximately 10-15 objects which can be used in the classroom to explore each theme in depth.

The objects are a great way of providing speaking and listening opportunities and creative writing themes. They can be used at the start of a new learning topic for motivation, to deepen children’s understanding of the topic, as a link across several subjects (history, geography and English) and to assess their understanding at the end.

Artefacts offer a memorable and fun way of really bringing learning to life, leading to better levels of engagement and better retention. Something to consider this International Museum Day!

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