This week, Bluebirds had fun examining some Egyptian artefacts. They also looked at some photos (secondary sources of evidence). The class answered questions about what they could tell about Egyptian life such as:
What do you think this item could be?
What do you think it was used for?
What is it made from?
What does this tell us about Egyptians?
Finally, the children were very excited to see a sarcophagus complete with a mummy inside!
Bluebirds have been learning about Skara Brae and Stonehenge over the last week. At the weekend, Havana took a trip to Stonehenge with her family. Today she shared photographs of her visit with class. They were thrilled to see photos and fascinated to learn it would have taken about 90 people to move just one stone when Stonehenge was created!
A big thank you to Havana and her family for sharing the photos of your exciting trip!
Bluebirds have been researching what people ate during the three periods of time within the Stone Age.
Surprisingly, there are still some foods eaten today! Can you spot them on our menus?! The class compared their diet to the Stone Age diet to see similarities and differences. We all felt very hungry at the end of this lesson!
Bluebirds have enjoyed an amazing day travelling back to experience life in the Stone Age today.
The children completed many tasks including building their own village complete with shelters, making a campfire, cooking a vegetable stew (adult led), throwing “spears” to catch imaginary mammoths and reindeer, excavating an archaeological site for evidence of primary sources(tool heads), foraging for berries and nuts in the trees (pictures of them!), identifying tree types, dissecting Stone Age “poo”, erecting their own Stonehenge, carving tool heads (out of soap!) and making bow and arrows (using sticks).
These activities helped the children to understand and learn how Stone Age people had to move around to find food and what foods they ate, how they lit fires, how they built their shelters, consider how Stone Age people moved the stones to build Stonehenge, how persevering the people must have been as everything took so long to do! Mrs Parry asked them to imagine living with only those shelters for their home. The children made comparisons between Stone Age and their lives today. They realised archaeologists discovered lots of information about prehistoric life by looking for evidence and clues. Writing and cameras had not been invented but we can see secondary sources of evidence today using non-fiction books, photos and websites.
Bluebirds showed real concentration and perseverance this afternoon, when they each made a proportional timeline about the Stone Age. This helped up to see just how long ago this happened! It was interesting to see quite a few events all happening within 20,000 years which is a relatively short time on our very long timeline!
Bluebirds found out how long ago the Stone Age was today (well done Dylan!). They talked about the length of time this covered and learnt what A.D. and B.C. stood for. Initially Bluebirds thought they’d been alive for a long time…..seven or eight years. Afterwards, some children realised that in fact, in relation to the Stone Age, they had lived for only a very short amount of time! Next lesson, we are going to make a proportional timeline to see and understand this further!
We talked about chronological order and the class worked together to put some dates into the correct order. Lots of concentration was needed too!