Archaeologist helps bring history to life for students

Archaeologist Fiona Kost talks with students Zeke Jennings, Carli Basson, Leah Maunge and Thomas Watson.
Archaeologist Fiona Kost talks with students Zeke Jennings, Carli Basson, Leah Maunge and Thomas Watson.

Ms Kost brought a figurine depicting the goddess Venus to use as a tool to teach the students about how family structures had changed over time.

‘The children were interested and engaged and used the artefacts as a starting point to stimulate their creativity and develop their communication skills, and enjoy history,’ she said.

History teacher Alexandra Hodgson said the collaboration was a way to bring history to life for the students.

‘The Venus figurine provided a wonderful inspiration to allow the children to explore their own family structure and represent it in a variety of artistic ways,’ she said.

‘This in turn stimulates the children into focused and relevant discussion that enables them to enhance their learning.’

The collaboration is supported by the CSIRO’s Scientists in Schools program.