Year 3 took a trip back in time on Tuesday to Neolithic Britain and had a wonderful day learning about the Late Stone Age at Gressenhall.
The children spent the day hunting and gathering, making shelters from animal skins and sticks which had to be easy to dismantle and move to suit semi-nomadic lifestyles, and also practised Neolithic farming techniques: hoeing and ploughing with replica tools and they even used a genuine, 6000 year old quern stone to grind some wheat into flour. The children now understand just how farming changed the world back in prehistoric times as the people began to clear the land of trees and work to farm the land to feed their tribes, rather than relying solely on the hunter-gatherer method. They also understand that the work was hard, back-breaking and monotonous. Did you know Neolithic man had a curved spine as so much time was spent bending low hoeing the ground? And that it took three hours to grind wheat on a quern stone to produce enough flour to make one loaf of bread?
The children really enjoyed the artefacts treasure hunt in the galleries at Gressenhall and were amazed to see a 6000 year old spear which has survived all these years as it was buried under the sea in Doggerland, the bit now covered with sea to make us an island. Many of the artefacts were replicas and the children have a good understanding of the types of materials which will survive over the years, hence are genuine artefacts from the period, and those which rot away and why historians need to build replicas. All the children enjoyed holding flints from thousands of years ago and are now on the lookout at Beeston for Stone Age arrowheads, spearheads and tools!
Many thanks to the fabulous team at Gressenhall for a really fun and interesting day out.
Mrs Morrow, Ms Kay and Ms Muir.