The day will take place in our specially designed outdoor classroom, A richly immersive environment that your class will never forget!
.....Entering through an archway of Mammoth tusks you'll emerge into another world....
The floor lined with the skins of hunted animals, walls painted with scenes from the past and everywhere you look, skulls, spears, baskets tools and the every day objects of thousands of years ago.
We tailor the day to the age group, and number of children visiting, but usually, we will begin by getting to grips with the timeline from Paleolithic to Neolithic and beyond, and from there, on to the essentials; fire, food and flint.
We will light a fire, drawing sparks from iron pyrite evoking the magic of crackling flames and what it meant for stone age people
We will look at the subject of food- usually this means preparing Mackerel or some other small game such as wood pigeon. . We believe it is important for children to understand where food comes from, and the subject is handled sensitively, but with humour. Children find the process fascinating as we explore not just the meat, but the uses for other parts of the animal, everything from glue, to tools to sewing thread! All hands on, and all done with flint of course!
A demo of flint knapping will hopefully yield an artefact for your class to treasure, and an understanding of how ancient tools were made. Once the fish or meat is eaten, the children have the opportunity to handle skill fully made replicas and try their hand at a variety of skills, from shaping bone and antler, to hide working and fire making. The skills we demonstrate vary from school to school, but there is always a good variety to try.
Depending on the length of the session, and the possibilities of your school grounds, we can venture out and look at some of the local plant life through the eyes of a forager, spot the telltale signs of wildlife and look at one or two traps. Where we have 30 children for the whole day we can also look at hunting and music, recreating a hunting ceremony complete with prehistoric instruments and dancing!
click here;to read what teachers say about our visits
" The outdoor classroom experience came highly recommended. An absolutely immersive experience for both children and the adults! We were able to transport back in time and really get a feel for the Stone Age. Children were able to solidify their learning from class but also build on it with real time experiences.
Thank you so much Memma and Twig for a wonderful day, the children cannot stop talking about it! " J. Roberts, Lakenham.
Primarily our visits are aimed at Key stage 2 children, but if you wish to make the most of our visit by bringing in reception or year 1 classes for a quick look that can usually be arranged.
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