Stone Age Investigations
Friday 21st September | 4 comments
The children have settled well into the weekly routine and are well underway to complete the English topic of explanation texts next week. Our Maths focus on place value has now finished and next week will be starting to practise addition and subtraction, initially using equipment then move on to written methods to find the answer.
Our history work this week has focused on the differences in artefacts found during the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras. We first looked at and described a flint hand tool and axe head from the earliest times. These were then compared in complexity of construction to a bone needle, birch bark bowl and clay pot from the middle period. Finally, a pair of leather shoes were examined, showing the crafting skills that the later stone age people possessed. The children also looked at and discussed different types of stone age houses, including the ones found at Skara Brae, and decided which time period they belonged to.
During our Stone Age Day, in a few weeks’ time, the children will have the chance to build a house in the dens area, make a clay pot and recreate a cave painting. We will also learn how to forage for food in the school grounds and hopefully try to recreate some prehistoric foods. (No woolly mammoths will be hurt in this exercise!)
We must also mention and thank the efforts made on the extreme learning at home. Both classes improved their percentage of daily activities undertaken. 3M went from 61% last week to 80% and 3B improved their 75% to 85%. Well done.
Special mentions this week go to Ayla, Vaughn, Hamzah and Amrit.
Have a great weekend.
Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite