Greenfields Community Primary School head back to the Stone Age!

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The day started with an introduction and discussion; we talked about how we know so much about the Stone Age, the clues that have been left and the differences in Stone Age life compared to our own.

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So why do we refer to this period as the Stone Ages? Year 3 and 4 were on the ball and yes, they guessed it… everything was made from stone! From weapons and tools to Jewellery, our Stone Age ancestors really made the most to the natural resources available to them.

The Stone Age discussion lead to a series of workshops and creative tasks.

These tasks were:

  • Cave painting
  • Weaving
  • Jewellery making
  • Stonehenge – simple machines

Each group completed four different tasks in rotation:

Greenfields1Cave painting

Cave paintings left lots of clues about Stone Age. The task was to fast-forward one million years and leave cave painting clues about ourselves. Each group member was asked to complete a cave man self portrait, surrounded by drawings of their favourite things and hobbies. Groups of five worked on long lengths of crumpled, cave style brown paper. The finished cave paintings were signed using a Stone Age hand stencil method.

 

Greenfields2Weaving

Weaving dates back to the Stone Ages. In this activity the students were given small cardboard looms and lots of different weaving materials. Stone age weaving was done with natural resources, so we recreated similar examples using raffia and natural papers.

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Greenfields4Jewellery making

It was time to get hands dirty! The pupils were first asked to complete a fun worksheet; on the sheet they drew out 4 potential designs for a rock, prompted by cave painting style motifs and patterns. The final design was chosen and everyone was presented with a stone. The stone was painted with our final designs and, when dried, made into a Stone Age necklace.

Stonehenge

This task was all about the Stonehenge; understanding the scale of the ancient ruin and trying to get our heads around how it was built! First things first, how big is Stonehenge?! TICE Mentor Lottie had the ruler at the ready and measured 7.5 metres across the carpet to get a feel for the size of each sarsen. Doing this meant we could picture the real size and how difficult it must have been to build. There are a various theories on how the stones were moved and our students put some of them to the test! We were given a regular sized brick and were asked to create various simple machine experiments. All activity was predicted, explained and captured on a simple record sheet.

Using logs (pencils) to roll the stones.
Using logs (pencils) to roll the stones.
Levers; we created a seesaw type mechanism, what happens when you change the position of the fulcrum in the middle? Is it easier or harder to move the stone?
Levers; we created a seesaw type mechanism, what happens when you change the position of the fulcrum in the middle? Is it easier or harder to move the stone?

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The pupils from Greenfields Community Primary School were fantastic and a pleasure to work with!
A massive thank you from the TICE team!