PREHISTORIC SCHOOL EXPERIENCES
A great day will unfold in your school as Will Lord’s team arrive as cavemen and women to teach a valuable lesson in prehistory to your class, covering a wide range of skills and knowledge needed to survive and thrive during this period.
We arrive the day before to set up a cave-like structure that has a high visual impact including hand painted canvas walls illustrating the evolution of mankind.
As the children enter the cave their senses will come alive as their eyes widen to absorb the array of artefacts from the past. They can smell the coals on the ancient fire, they will hear sounds of chanting and the call from the oxen horn. They will experience a sense of touch by running their fingers through hair and fur hides placed on the floor as they sit on them and very soon they will be tasting food cooked on the open fire.
When they meet the caveman and woman for the first time it maybe a little bit daunting, however this is soon overcome with a comical introduction of these pre-historic people experiencing the modern world at your school.
During the visit we will separate the Stone Age period into its 3 classical categories; Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic, finally showing how the Bronze Age began. The team bring with then an extensive range of reproduction artefacts that the children will not only enjoy seeing but are welcome to handle and this helps them to separate the types of tools that were used in the different Stone Age periods.
Part of the day will be looking at the creation of fire using Iron Pyrite nodules to catch a spark as it was in the Stone Age. We then explain the importance of fire to mankind and how it alone helped to shape our future.
My dinner runs away! Just how do you survive when you enter the plant and animal kingdom?
This is such a great subject and we separate it into poisons, herbs, roots, tubers, nuts and berries. We then enter the strangle, mangle, dangle and tangle approach to catching your lunch. Followed by gutting a fish or skinning a small deer. We look at the vital organs for traps and glues with a few of the children having a go themselves before cooking it on the fire we have made using ancient techniques.
Each school that contacts us has different class sizes and wants to know how we will be able to co-operate with their individual needs, so we treat this with great importance and after your first contact with us you will have a clear understanding of how your day will work for you.
During the day (dependant on class sizes and our time with each group) your students may get to undertake several Stone Age activities. This will teach them simple knots and materials that our ancestors needed for basic survival, and if your playground and weather permits we will show them they still have the wits and interest of the hunter-gatherer.
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How do we meet the Key Stage 2 Curriculum.
During our visit we will separate the stages of mankind’s evolution looking at how our species has changed and adapted to our environment.
This will cover many topics such as language, skills of survival, tool making, materials, seasons, plants, animals and their behaviours, biology of animals, personal health and ancient first aid techniques (including trepanning). clothing, fire, ochre (paint), Ice Age survival and living with wild animals.
Rental pack for schools, with reproduced artefacts, video and worksheets,
Please contact us if you would like information about this.
Testimonial from a school visit:
“Thank you for such a brilliant day with our children at Gorseland School. The children learnt so much in a variety of ways, not just about Stone Age people but respecting animals and an unexpected for us was not to judge people by their appearance. Some children were initially a little apprehensive, but you were so friendly which lead to a discussion about people looking different and therefore being open-minded.
Lots of teachers also brought their classes around for a peek and said this is what we should be doing so much more of. Your visit had a great ripple effect and by far exceeded our expectations. We have passed your details onto another school who have already booked with you and we will certainly be booking you again next year!”
Feedback from some children at Norwich School (Lower)