Health and medicine through the ages KS2

Duration: 90 minutes

Maximum numbers: 15 children

So you woke up in the past feeling a bit poorly. What did you do? Who could you go to for a remedy or treatment, and, crucially, would it do you any good? In this session there will also be the chance to mix up a remedy, compare some different medical ideas and contrast them with what we know to work today.

The main emphasis of this session is looking at health and medicine in Anglo-Saxon England; we’ll listen to a remedy and then make it ourselves. Then we’ll take a walk outside to see where the plants used grew. Finally the pupils will work as historical investigators to explore a home in relation to the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants.

As a group we’ll read out a recipe and look at the properties of the different ingredients. Then we’ll mix up the remedy and discuss what we think of it. Also we’ll take the chance to look around a home and use our knowledge to think about the risks for its inhabitants, including what they could have done to minimise the risks. We’ll also discuss our sources of information for this area of life.

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