Year 6 visit to Wide Horizons or ‘Let’s go back to the Stone Age!’

Today, Year 6 were challenged to see whether they could survive in the Stone Age (it would be touch and go, we have to conclude…). They spent the day fire-lighting, shelter-building, hunting and creating cave paintings from natural materials and a lot of fun was had by all – and a lot of learning.

Year 6, what did you most enjoy about the day out? What was the most interesting thing you discovered? Wheat else did you learn? Did anything surprise you? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Year 6 visit to Wide Horizons or ‘Let’s go back to the Stone Age!’”

  1. The thing that I enjoyed is when we were making our shelters.The most interesting thing that I discovered is that the people that lived in the paleolithic age had to communicate by drawing pictures. They used blood from an animal to draw on the cave walls.What I also learned is that in the Paleolithic age there was a lot of snow there. However in the Bronze age and the Neolithic their days were getting warmer.I also learned that the people used mammoths tusks for spears.They knew how to make a fire in the Neolithic age.They started to make crops in the bronze age. They also learned to farm animals.

  2. I really enjoyed this visit to Wide Horizons. I learnt a lot about the different periods of the Stone Age such as the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and the Neolithic eras. We built shelters using materials that cavemen would have used, we learnt how to light fires using flint and steel and we were given a sentence which we had to draw (paint) onto cardboard using natural dyes and soils. My favourite part was when we split off into groups and had to build shelters. First, we constructed a skeleton out of branches and covered that in leaves to protect us from the water that our guide would throw on us. Luckily, we stayed dry.

  3. I liked when we had to make the car paintings because it gave us a hint why they did cave paintings and that was the way of talking so we had to guess what the paintings meant

  4. Homework!!!

    Wide Horizons lets go back to the Stone Age!

    On Friday year six went on an educational visit to wide horizons, we boarded a train at new cross gate station. The trip was pleasant, A teacher from and outer school was commuting to her work place and me and my friends talked and played games till we arrived at our stop. We walker passed a school (not the school the teacher on the train was commuting to), passed houses and though a muddy pathway. Finally, we can to wide horizons, the teacher there greeted us and we got evolved in an activity concerning the stone age and the periods that made up the stone age – Paleolithic Period, Mesolithic Period, and Neolithic. We all go involved and it was lots of fun! Soon after the teacher lead us into the outdoor area where we supposedly travelled back into the stone age though a tunnel that lead though an rather small hill. Before entering our teacher gave a brief overview of why this was all happening; she said something along the lines of this “2018 boring, its just like 2017, nothings changed, so lets go back into the stone age!”, she instructed us to chant “stone age” while patting our legs. After we all got though the tunnel we were escorted to a ring of logs and a pile of wood that I assumed that was for lighting a fire, we all gathered round and our teacher explained how to light a fire with flint and steel and we all had turns passing round the flint and steel and making a spark! Then she thought us the strategy of how to make a fire in a efficient method where the fire could breathe and survive while using materials that you are able to find in the forest. The teacher explained what she intended us to do next, we were told to make a shelter that would be resistant to water while fitting our group in, then Ms Jones and the teacher from wide horizons put us into groups. Then we got to work! I was in a group with Erim, Abdul, Adair, Jude and Jacopo. A sturdy stick was placed across two pieces of wood that were safely and securely in the ground. Our group started gathering big logs and placing then on the beam that lay across, then smaller sticks and twigs to fill in the smaller holes and then finally leaves and soil to finish it off, and to make it more water resistant and resister to the weather and natural forces. We then made finishing touches and then it was complete, it didn’t look like much, however it had allot of work put into it. Then our hole group huddled inside (I, [like many other people] had next to no space and imagined it would be a hard place to live in!). Then our teacher attempted pouring water on the top (and sides) of the house like thing our group had built. Luckily I had a good reliable raincoat that kept me safe and sound! This system happened to all the other group’s houses and finally it was the end of our trip and we went back to school.

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