Ancient Britain history workshops for primary schools.
Who are we and where do we come from?
These timeless questions, and more, are addressed as we explore many of the important developments that helped to make us who we are in this workshop, from the original hunter gathers to early farming communities, ancient technology and coming of the age of metal.
Our workshop leaders are trained bush-craft experts, and have a detailed understanding of ancient technology and how is still used by some societies around the world today.
The session consists of a group investigation, where students explore numerous informative displays and artefacts, and get hands-on experience of ancient technology and skills. This is interspersed with interactive discussions on the following sub-topics:
Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods
- Early humans – focusing on Heidelberg man, Neanderthals and early Homo sapiens – why did the Homo sapiens come out on top?
- How they lived and what they hunted
- Gender divisions in the hunter gatherer society
- What is cave art all about?
- Development of Stone tools
- Seasonal movement
The Neolithic period
- Early farmers and settlements – the biggest change in human history
- The beginning of an organised society
- The age of stone monuments and what were they for?
- Burial and belief
The Bronze age
- The age of metal – an important technological development
- Beliefs and burials
- Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
- Early hill forts and the beginnings of the “Celtic” way of life
The Iron age
- What is a hill fort?
- Why did people live on them?
- Tribal communities
- Why did this way of life end?