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Please see how our learning adventure through the Stone Age unravels below. You can also see some of our fantastic work from our other subjects by clicking the star!

Scavengers to Settlers

Welcome to the Stone Age! This half term we will be starting at the earliest age of man and following our journey through to the Iron Age. We will start by learning all about Stig of the Dump from the book by Clive King. Stig will be helping us to know about what life would be live in the Stone Age. 

 

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Life in the Stone Age

Our first week back started by stepping back in time. We started our journey with a walk back in time. We soon realised that one step for every year was a lot of steps! We decided to start our search for materials to make tools to use later in the day. After collecting rocks, leaves and sticks we began to make paint brushes, spears and hand axes. We realised that it would be tricky to cut string without scissors and so some of the children mastered the technique of using a hand axe. 

In the afternoon, half the group went back to our cave. Here we mixed paint using berries, egg and water and started our cave drawings. The other half went outside to look for materials for a fire. They gathered sticks and dry grass. They shared some of the colours they could see and produced pictures of their fires. We are looking forward to seeing what other techniques we learn from the Stone Age. 

During our second week, we have started to read Stig in the Dump. We have looked at Stig's dump and what it might be like to live there. We also thought about any presents we might want to give Stig. We wrote instructions for Stig about how to use them. 

We also started our first day as archaeologists. We had a look at some different 'remains' to see if we could work out if it was from the Stone Age or the Modern Age. Although it looked a bit horrible at first everyone got stuck in!

We are now getting a real idea about how people lived in the Stone Age.  We are realising just how fortunate we are! This week we made bread using a recipe from the Stone Age.  Some people enjoyed their bread and others thought it was very hard. 

To see if we could find out more we have been on an archaeological dig.  We found some interesting items in our allotment and we're looking forward to investigating these further. Check this out below

Last week, we started to look at Stonehenge.  We attempted to build our own mini version using biscuits.  It took a lot of concentration to balance the so we can't imagine what it would be like to try and build it using stone! 

We also looked into myths about why and how it came to be.  We acted like giants at a party who were frozen to stone!  We also produced some amazing art work of Stonehenge. 

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We continued with our design and technology this week and made some soup that may have been found in the Stone Age. We discussed where we might find the different ingredients. 

This week we also continued our journey through time and started to think about life in the Bronze Age. We compared the lifestyle of the different ages and completed a challenge to make sculptures of round houses. 

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Giants!

This week we invited in parents and careers of year 4. We challenged the children to produce a giant based on the story of Stonehenge. We headed to the scrap shed and found lots of amazing things to use. A big thank you to everyone who came to sort the children in their learning. 

As we take a step into the Iron Age, we've been looking at Celtic myths. This week we learned about the story of Blodeuwedd (flower face) and Lleu. We created pictures using natural materials of flower face and wrote about curse of Lleu. 

Meeting our buddies!

On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to meet 2DP and share all the work we have completed in our journey this half term. The children were assigned a buddy who they can meet each half term. The children have enjoyed this and have already been asking to go and meet their buddies again.

We finished off or topic by writing and performing plays based on the Celtic myths. The children did a fantastic job despite having nearly 60 in the audience!  A fantastic way to finish the half term. 

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