Bronze Age round house

Bronze Age & Stone Age interactive education days  

A hands on experience allowing students to immerse themselves in life as it would have been living as a prehistoric community. Meeting the national curriculum history guidelines for key stage 2, we will travel back in time to both our Stone Age and Bronze Age settlements.

There we will participate in a carousel of activities designed to stimulate comparisons between then and now, and look at how life changed throughout the prehistoric period.  Children will dress up and participate in daily tasks such as spear whittling, shelter building, food preparation and pottery.  

They discover the energy that these tasks require and comparisons are made with similar processes today. The session ends by sharing the group’s experiences and reflections around the glowing embers of the fire.

By the end of the day your students will be able to:

Put prehistory into the context of the chronological narrative of British history, understanding how these earliest times have shaped how we live today.

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world, specifically:

The change to fixed settlements and agriculture from a mobile hunter/gatherer lifestyle.

The Roman invasion of Britain and the introduction of written records.

Understand how life changed throughout prehistory, from Stone Age, through the Bronze Age, to Iron Age.

Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference

Understand the methods of historical enquiry, and how prehistory is inferred from evidence remaining.

 

A typical day visit:

9:30-10:00

Arrival and Welcome

Use toilet facilities.

You will be met by one of our experienced and knowledgeable instructors and introduced to the facilities available to you for the day.

These will include an indoor space for storing and eating lunches, toilet and kitchen facilities.

10:00-10:30

Introduction to the day, timelines and dressing up

Setting the day’s activities in context we will build upon and develop existing group knowledge of early history, making reference to key historical landmarks in our interactive timeline!  Then everyone gets dressed up and prepares to go outside and experience it for themselves.

10:30- 12:30

Stone Age

Journey through time to our Stone Age site and visit the life of a nomadic hunter gatherer.  Groups will then participate in 3 rotational activities- cave art, shelter building and willow spear making.

12:30-1:00

Lunch


1:00-3:00

Bronze Age

Travel forward in time and reach our Bronze Age Roundhouse.  Visit the inside of our roundhouse reconstruction, think about how it was constructed, daily life and entertainment.  Groups will participate in further rotational activities, including pottery, jewellery and willow work and food preparation.

3:00-3:15

Review

Meet all together to review the day in the roundhouse.

3:15- 3:30

Pack up, use toilets and depart.



Travel back in time 4,000 years and experience life as it would have been for a family living in a roundhouse. With a focus particularly on sustainable development and using resources carefully, the children will dress up and take part in daily tasks such as cooking, pottery, digging, willow work and music-making.


They discover the energy that these tasks require and comparisons are made with similar processes today. The experience ends by sharing the group’s wonderful stories, dramas and pieces of music around the glowing embers of the fire.

Curriculum Links

ENGLISH:Listening;Speaking;Group discussion and interaction
CITIZENSHIP:Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities;Preparing to play an active role as citizens
HISTORY:Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past.Historical interpretation
GEOGRAPHY:Knowledge and understanding of places, environmental change and sustainable development
D&T:Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products.Knowledge and understanding of materials and components.

Learning Outcomes

Understand and appreciate how life might have been 4000 years ago
Look for evidence of the past, question, listen and discuss
Develop some of the skills children would have learnt from their family
Be able to discuss the sustainable issues of waste management, renewable energy and materials
Be patient in their practice of new skills. Consider where products come from and what happens to them after use