The story of prehistoric Britain began when the first humans arrived in Britain. It ended when the Romans conquered the ancient Britons and Britain became part of the Roman Empire.
The earliest humans were hunter-gatherers. They survived by hunting animals and finding food to eat. Then, very gradually people learned new skills. First they learned to herd animals and grow crops. Later they discovered the secrets of making bronze and iron.
Prehistoric people couldn't read or write, but they were astonishing builders. Their tombs, forts and monuments have survived for thousands of years.
In Forest Craft the children made a ‘Berry Stew’ and fires using flint. One of the children said that when man first “made” fire it was guarded 24 hours a day as they were frightened it would go out and didn’t know how to make it. They will be making tools for hunting using branches, flint and string.
In science the children have been learning about Plants and light. They know what crops Bronze Age people would grow and have found out what foods were made from it. They also know how Wheat, Barley and Oats were pollinated by the wind and not insects.
Here is an ancient recipe for Oat Flat Bread
1kg Oat flour
1 teaspoon salt
Optional: flavour with herbs
Grind oats into flour
Mix the oat flour, water and salt together
Shape into fist-sized patties
Bake in ashes of fire or on flat hot stones until firm