Secrets of Stonehenge

19th October 2015

A highly motivated group of children slipped out of the KS2 assembly last Wednesday in order to receive a briefing on the mysteries of Stonehenge from our resident archaeological expert, Miss Stacey. Later that evening they found themselves in the beautiful surroundings of the Lytchett Minster school…

Having enjoyed a perfectly pitched 40 minute lecture on the subject, the children then spent some time asking further questions of Professor Tim Darvill who had led the seminar. We hope that they will now share their new knowledge within our school and, hopefully, with other schools.


Over to Esha and Amy for the full story…

On Wednesday, we attended a lecture at Lytchett Minster school. The lecture was about Stonehenge. Tim Darvill, the archaeologist, taught us all about it. Thankfully, we learnt a lot of facts about Stonehenge.

For example:

*The stones are made out of a type of rock called bluestone.

*Stonehenge means stone hang from the old English language.

*Somehow, the stones have a large connection to the water.

*Professor Darvill is a real expert on Stonehenge.

   We asked some interesting questions such as:

*What does Stonehenge mean?

*How many people did it take to build the monument?

*What do you think it was used for?


Another thing is that the sun comes directly in line with the stones in the summer sunrise and the winter sunset. There were around two hundred people at the lecture and we are sure that they all had a great time. Overall, it was an amazing opportunity to have a chance to hear about one of the world’s greatest monuments and we would love to go again.


By Amy and Esha.


Staff and children from St Mary’s pictured with Andrew Mead (MA Hons Oxon) Head teacher of Lytchett Minster School and Professor Tim Darvill of Bournemouth University
Timothy Charles Darvill OBE, BA, PhD, DSc, MIfA, FSA, FSAScot, RPA is Professor of Archaeology in the School of Applied Sciences at Bournemouth University and is pictured here discussing the potential functions of Stonehenge with children from St Mary’s