Mam­moth day for cave dwellers

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

KING’S ju­niors en­joyed a trip back in time to the Stone Age, spend­ing the whole day liv­ing and learn­ing as our an­cient cave dwelling pre­de­ces­sors.

Chil­dren in year three got to grips, lit­er­ally, with the tooth of a woolly mam­moth thought to be 60,000 years old, and learned how our an­ces­tors used brains as well as brawn in or­der to sur­vive and pros­per dur­ing bru­tal times.

Pupils were joined by real cave-man ‘Clod’ who shared the se­crets of his an­cient civil­i­sa­tion.

On a jour­ney span­ning 60,000 years up to 8,000 years BC, Ian Morris of the liv­ing his­tory com­pany Por­tals into the Past, told the chil­dren: “Your an­ces­tors were just as bright and bril­liant as you are to­day and de­vel­oped their own orig­i­nal tech­nolo­gies, which suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tions have con­tin­ued to build upon.”

The day-long ses­sion saw all the chil­dren dress in fake an­i­mal skins and cer­e­mo­nial paints to learn all about how early hu­mans lived, what an­i­mals they hunted, how they built Stone­henge and other henges in the Orkneys, about the gen­der di­vi­sions in hunter gath­erer so­ci­eties, cave art and the in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated man­u­fac­ture of Stone Age tools.

King’s year three teacher Claire Keen said: “Our boys and girls were in­cred­i­bly ex­cited about this in­spi­ra­tional liv­ing his­tory day, lov­ing ev­ery­thing from the dress­ing up to the han­dling of artefacts from our dis­tant past.”

Fel­low year three teacher Emma Yox­all added: “Our bud­ding young en­gi­neers rel­ished the op­por­tu­nity to try to build a bet­ter Stone­henge than their an­ces­tors did and, of course, the enor­mous mam­moth tooth was the sub­ject of much dis­cus­sion.”

Pic­tured with Ian Morris are (from left) James Unsworth, Jen­nie Banks, Alexan­der Rowe and Poppy Hold­ing

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