The day will take place in our specially designed outdoor classroom, A richly immersive environment that your class will never forget!
Arriving through a tunnel lined with ancient cave paintings, your class will emerge into a place the likes of which they have never seen before.
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, but can be expanded to include dismantling a small deer or other game ( depending on availability). 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!
"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.
WOLF BROTHER by Mihhelle Paver
Some schools Study the Stoneage by means of this wonderful book, usually in year 6 as 'Guided Reading'. For these Older children we can tailor our activities to the adventures of Torak and his wolf. Bringing the story to life in vivid detail, with smells, sounds, textures, that encourage the children to suspend disbelief and allow themselves to enter the past. I sometimes get asked whether I knew Toraks mother !
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.
The tent is 11m diameter including the guy lines, so you will need a suitably large, flat area of grass for us to pitch the tent.
We usually arrive the night before to set up, then camp over on your school field, so this needs to be arranged with any relevant parties. ( caretaker, neighbours, school management)
If possible we like to pitch somewhere that is relatively protected from prevailing winds, and not too near a loud road, or near enough the main school buildings to cause a nuisance with smoke or noise.
We need to be able to get a van within a few feet of where we will be pitching- Carrying the equipment is not practical, or sensible. If the field is very wet, we may need to pitch closer to a hard area so we dont risk getting the vehicle stuck
If possible, we would like access to a toilet overnight, if this is not possible we need access as early as possible in the morning.
Other than that, we are fairly self sufficient, though cups of coffee ( 'hot mud') are much appreciated during the day! And inviting us in to lunch can provide a hilarious ( and educational) diversion for the children as they teach us to use cutlery......