Gardening students dig up some Roman gold

History is heading out of the classroom and being brought back to life - thanks to a £5,000 grant.

History is heading out of the classroom and being brought back to life - thanks to a £5,000 grant.

Pupils at La Sagesse School in Jesmond, Newcastle, are laying the foundations for a Roman Apothecary Garden and Fairytale Willow Village after winning the Rolls-Royce Prize for Science 2007 - one of just nine in the country.

Debbie Myers, new head of the junior school, said: "We're enlisting the help of the education officer at Segedunum Roman Museum in Wallsend, who will teach the children about the era and the way of life at the time.

"We will also be learning about plants and herbs that were popular at the time and planting the apothecary accordingly, trying to make it as authentic as possible."

To scoop the Rolls-Royce Prize, the school was chosen from among hundreds from around the country for the way in which it fuses science with history, and allows youngsters to express their learning through role-play, creative writing, art, music and dance.

Ms Myers will attend an awards ceremony in London later this month where she will be presented with the cheque and a video camera to help the school document the progress of the project, which will get in to full swing in the new term.

The nine winning schools will then battle it out for further cash prizes to develop a ground-breaking science curriculum.

Chair of Governors Professor Cath McCourt of Northumbria University, said: "This is a prestigious award from a top UK company and a wonderful achievement for the school."

Lynne Moran, Chair of the PTA, said: "La Sagesse School has started taking boys in recent years and the atmosphere is buzzing. The PTA is proud to help the staff bring this project to fruition."

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