Back to the stone age at Butser Farm
ON Wednesday, April 25, year 3 and 4 went on a school trip to Butser Farm. We went to learn lots about the Stone Age and we also got to do some traditional activities.
First, we got on the coach ready for a boring journey. It took about one hour and a half to get there. Finally, we got off the coach amazingly quickly.
Next, we put our bags in the Stone Age house. We all went into the roundhouse to go through all of the safety rules and to have a talk about the Stone Age.
Our first activity was ‘clunching’. We were clunching because we were trying to make a mud wall. You need mud, straw, chalk and water. It was very sticky so I wouldn’t recommend it for those who do not like gooey things!
Next, we used a stick hammer to bash the chalk. Then you put mud and water in and take some and roll it into a ball. Finally, you throw it and flatten it with your hand to make the wall.
Then, we moved onto our next activity, ‘cordage’.
This was one of our favourite activities and we’re sure of it!
First, you got a piece of something like string which was called raffeta. You had to fold and twist it, then thread it through. When you had done that, you attached a bead on to it. That was the hardest bit!
A few minutes later, we got a piece of chalk and turned it green. It sounds like magic, however it is not! We had a stinging nettle which we rubbed against the rock and that made it green. With a piece of flint (what they used in the Stone age) we carved in a spiral shape onto the piece of rock.
After our morning activities, we joyfully walked to lunch but suddenly when we were eating our lunch it started to hail. Luckily, we were eating inside a roundhouse and we couldn’t feel a raindrop.
Finally, it was time for pottery, no ordinary pottery but pottery using clay from the ground. When I finished, I was very happy I had been to Butser Farm.
On the way back to school Ruby said happily “My favourite activity by far was the pottery.”
We would recommend Butser Farm to families with children or without children.