Telling Tribal Tales

Class 3 have stepped back over 5000 years! They have gathered and cooked Berries, lit a fire with flint, met Stig of the Dump and built their own monuments.

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.

What was Pre-historic Britain like?

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.

The children have been reading Stig of the Dump and using the text in Literacy and for Maths solving problem.

Did you know the 2002 version of Stig of the Dump was filmed in Crich, Darley Dale, Whatstandwell, Alderwasley and Dukes Quarry Whatstandwell where our current Year 6 have been to plant trees with The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

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

  • 600mls Water

  • 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

For more “yummy” recipes click here

Did you know?

  • The early Stone Age is the longest era in Human History.

  • The name "Stonehenge" comes from the Old English words "stan" meaning "stone", and either "hencg" meaning "hinge" (the big stone lintels hinge on the upright stones) or "hen(c)en" meaning "gallows".

  • There were no Dinosaurs in Stone Age times. They died out 65 million years ago – but there were Woolly Mammoths.

  • The people of North Sentinel Island in Asia still live a Pre-Historic life today as hunter gatherers in the forest.

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