Year 3 were so inspired by our visit to Butser Ancient Farm at the beginning of term, they leaped at the chance to dress up in Stone Age furs for a Stone Age day. Everyone looked splendid in their Stone Age costumes!
Beginning the day as archaeologists, we researched Stone Age artefacts on the British Museum website to create our own fact files on Stone Age objects.
We then tried our hand at various Stone Age skills: weaving, rock painting, fire making and making rocky road biscuits.
The weaving demanded nimble fingers and lots of concentration! We made small cardboard looms and chose different coloured string to create a small woven cloth. We wove with the string we had dyed in our science lesson the previous day, using dyes extracted from various plant materials. We discovered that blackcurrants make a beautiful soft pink and ruby chard stems create a darker blue-ish pink, nettles went a pale green and marigold flowers turned the string beige!
Taking inspiration from rock and cave paintings discovered by archaeologists, the children created their own design, using pastels to transfer their design to the pebble.
Rocky road biscuit making was very popular ( thank you to Mrs Clark, who came in specially to do this activity with the children) and delicious.
Heavy rain on Stone Age Day meant we could not get out for our fire making activity. Happily, the next day was fine and sunny, so small groups of children went into the school grounds to practise making fire and learning about fire safety.The children decided that in their Stone Age village, Lenny would be the chief fire maker. His group created a roaring fire that took many jugs of water to extinguish at the end of our session!
Thank you to parents for your costume making efforts, to the children for their enthusiastic learning and to all the teachers and TAs who helped to make Stone Age day ‘ rock’!