Stone Age Cave Extravaganza
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 is lined with the skins of hunted animals, walls painted with scenes from ancient times, and everywhere you look, skulls, spears, baskets, tools, and everyday objects from thousands of years ago.
Our extraordinary Stone Age Cave Extravaganza can be tailored to suit your class age group, and the number of children visiting.
The experience begins by introducing the children to the timeline expanding from the Paleolithic connecting to the Neolithic age and beyond.
After orientating the class as to where they are in 'time', we move on to life in the stone age and the skills and abilities it took to survive. Such as but not limited to fire, food, and flint.
This is where we differ from our competition. Our experiences are not led by actors or jobbing historians in fancy dress "caveman" attire.
Our team are all prehistoric experts with the skills and abilities needed to survive.
Our outfits and props are not bought, they are made by us using the same techniques as would have been used thousands of years ago, some of our props are original stone age artefacts!!!
The children, normally aghast at our stone age cave, can be a little overwhelmed at first, especially when they encounter "Twig and Ochre". But this provides us with an opportunity for a lovely lesson about not judging people by their looks which has resulted in this great feedback from a teacher...
"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!" (Gorseland School)
We will light a fire, drawing sparks from iron pyrite evoking the magic of crackling flames and what it meant for stone-age people, and we will look at the subject of food usually, this means preparing Mackerel, or some other small game such as wood pigeon which the children can then try.
We believe it is important for children to understand where food comes from, and the subject is handled sensitively, but with humour.
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 tools. The children find this process most fascinating
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 skillfully 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.
Our visits include access to our teacher resources, including videos, worksheets and cross-curricular activities
*We are fully insured and have D.B.S disclosures and risk assessments ready when needed.
Practical Considerations - (if you can not provide this do not worry we do have other options below)
The tent is 11m in diameter including the guidelines, so you will need a suitably large, flat area of grass for us to pitch the tent. ( if you don't have a grassy area, Please take a look at our amazing Stone age in your classroom experience
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. Please do not worry if you are not insured, we are!! (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 to 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 don't risk getting the vehicle stuck
We are fairly self-sufficient, though cups of coffee ('hot mud') are much appreciated during the day! And inviting us into lunch can provide a hilarious (and educational) diversion for the children as they teach us to use cutlery......
We like to have a way of getting off-site during the night (in case of emergency) so If at all possible, we would like to be provided with a Key/code/fob.
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