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Vale View Primary School

Vale ViewPrimary School

Term 5

Our topic this term is entitled 'Stone Age to Iron Age'.

Whilst exploring the lives of the pre-historic, we will become aware as historians of how artefacts help us uncover mysteries of the past. Knowledge and understanding about the Stone Age transition from hunter gatherers to farmers will enable us to consider whether we are still reliant on the natural materials around us today to enrich our lives. Developments in manufacturing and processes have allowed the evolution of these materials, but how has the pre-historic era impacted our life today?  Was the change from a nomadic existence to becoming settled a necessary one? As Geographers, we will consider the areas of their settlement as well as designing homes as if Dover was the area of our settlement. Using the style of cave paintings, we will consider, ‘How does Art speak to people?’, ‘Can we use Art to tell a story?’ through this we will create exhibitions which communicate our lifestyle to those in the future.


To start off our Stone Age to Iron Age topic this term we had an exciting Stone Age learning lift-off. We looked at a range of artefacts and tried to identify what they would have been used for in Stone Age times. Then we learnt about cave paintings and what they often included and tried to make our own replicas.


During our first week back, we had a Living History Stone Age to Iron Age workshop. During this we got to learn all about life in the Stone Age. We made and learnt to use Stone Age tools, made Iron Age brooches, dressed up as Stone Age people and did some role play, imaging what life during these periods of history would have been like. It was a brilliant day and really enhanced our history learning.



In week 3, we had the chance to go to a farming and agriculture day at Detling Showground, called Living Land. There was so much to see and do! We got to: taste lots of different food and drink including fruit, honey, flavoured milk, fruit juices and bread from different periods in history; stroke and learn about different farm animals; learn how to milk a cow and shear a sheep; stroke some owls; learn about sea safety and recycling and learn all about farming machinery. We all had a brilliant day and can’t wait to tell you all about it!