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Bringing ancient history to life.

Bringing ancient history to life.

Schools across the Fylde coast have been heading back to the past to enhance their learning and develop an understanding of the past as part of the Ancient History Club’s Classics for All initiative.

Blackpool Sixth is co-ordinating the Blackpool and Lancashire hub and has organised events with local primary and secondary schools to initiate a lifelong love of ancient history.

Students from Blackpool Sixth visited Boundary Primary School and brought the story of the Egyptian pharaohs to life. Pupils from the school interviewed students dressed up as iconic Egyptian figures: Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Ramses and Hatshepsut.

The primary pupils also investigated hieroglyphs and hieratic sums (the Ancient Egyptian number system).

Pete Wright, who teaches ancient history at the college said: “The aim of the project is to create enrichment clubs and societies at partner high schools and primary schools  – using literature and history as a means of improving literacy and communication skills.

“Already our schools have noticed an improvement in grammar, communication and the confidence of the pupils involved.”

Sarah Akin, history co-ordinator at Boundary Primary, said: “It really brings history to life and it’s really good for the pupils to learn from older children and is really inspiring.

“The students from the college were amazing and coupled with the subject knowledge of teacher Pete Wright, it was a really positive experience for the children.”

As part of the Classics for All programme, pupils from Boundary Primary have a Latin club.

Miss Akin added: “The impact of the Latin club is really positive as it’s helped pupils with their confidence across all parts of the curriculum and raised their aspirations, improving literacy along the way.”