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Home Learning - Topic

Summer Term Topic

Our Summer Term Topic is Tribal Tales. Below is a document containing lots of examples of home learning challenges you could complete.

Engage Lessons

These lessons are designed to introduce you to our new topic...

Activity 1

Complete the prepared table (see file list below) to show how life in the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages evolved over time. Make notes to describe each period under the headings tools, settlements and use of materials. You could use the information sheets below to find out about the different ages or do your own research.

Activity 2

Watch a video ( or read an article (see file list below) about an archaeologist speaking about the importance of their work in finding out about ancient civilisations. Find out about how archaeology helps us find out about the past. 

Activity 3

Find a site in your garden suitable for an exploratory dig. Make sure any site is away from human features, so as to cause the least disruption. Work as a family at the site, measuring out a 30cm² area with tent pegs and string. Use spades, hand trowels, hand forks, small rakes or spoons to dig a pit up to 30cm deep. Transfer all soil and plant material onto trays or a large plastic sheet for examination. Remove and collect any items found in the pit and soil, including natural and man-made objects. Release any unearthed creatures into the pit and backfill it with all the soil and firm down. Carefully clean your finds with warm water and soft brushes. Lay out your discoveries and share with others. Discuss what your finds reveal about human activity and how the land is used.

Activity 4

Look at a range of aerial images (see file list below) and consider which of these places an archaeologist would consider worth investigating and why. Sort the aerial images into two groups: locations that seem worth investigating and those that do not. Discuss what kind of evidence an aerial photograph reveals to help an archaeologist decide where to excavate. Look for traces of boundaries, shapes and patterns in the landscape and suggest what they might be. Label images to show your ideas.

 Table - Comparing Features of the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.pdfDownload
 The Iron Age.pdfDownload
 The Neolithic (New Stone Age).pdfDownload
 The Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age).pdfDownload
 Interview with an archaeologist.pdfDownload
 Setting up an archaeological dig.pdfDownload
 Aerial images.pdfDownload
 Aerial images information for parents.pdfDownload
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Develop lessons

These lessons are designed to develop the children's knowledge, skills and understanding of the topic area. This fortnight's focus is the Stone Age.

Activity 1

Use a range of historical source materials, including books, websites and films, to find out about the roles of men and women in Stone Age families. Collate your research under headings, such as food, work, children, settlements, tools and weapons. Make a short digital presentation with text and images to summarise your findings. See below for suggested websites for research and a sample blank presentation document.

 Sample blank presentation.pptxDownload
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Activity 2

Look at images of stone and bone tools from across the Stone Age, including hammerstones, hand axes, stone awls, flint blades, burins, needles, scrapers and harpoon points. Explain how they might have been made and used, and how effective they were for the tasks they had to do. Explore cutting, scraping, sharpening, grinding and mark making with different types of stone, and describe what is difficult or easy about using stone for these tasks. Design and make an ancient hunting tool that meets the needs of a Stone Age hunter-gatherer, explaining your ideas. Carefully consider what your tool's purpose will be, what materials would have been available at the time to make your tool and which materials are effective choices. Use found materials, including stone, wood, wool and raffia, to create your tool or weapon.

 Stone Age Tools.pdfDownload
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Activity 3

Look at examples of patterns and symbols carved, by Neolithic people, into rocks, boulders, panels and monuments, describing how patterns are similar or different between the examples. Consider how the carvings might have been created and what tools might have been used to make them. Copy examples of carvings, then design your own using a black marker pen on clean, smooth pebbles.

 Tribal Stone Age patterns.pdfDownload
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Activity 4

Make woven baskets or fishing nets for hunting and gathering. Weave easy baskets using newspaper or card strips and make nets with string and knotting techniques. After creating your woven items, construct strong shelters in the outdoors using found materials. Send photographs of your shelter and woven item. You could follow instructions available online. There are lots of very simple methods to try.

Activity 5

Use a range of different source materials, including the web, to find out how and why Stone Age people evolved from hunter-gatherers to farmers. Make suggestions as to whether you think this improved or damaged the environment and use the information gathered to create an imaginary advert for the sale of a small settlement and farm, which highlights the benefits of a more modern way of life.

 Hunter Gatherers to Farmers.pdfDownload
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