Each history workshop is designed to give children context and an overview of the topic covered. We often begin our visit with an interactive timeline activity and a short introduction to the era; starting off our journey from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age.
Putting the Past into Context with our Timeline
We then split into groups to experience a range of hands-on discovery activities, each lasting around 45 minutes to keep children engaged and learning. Our exciting and innovative VR and AR (virtual and augmented reality) sessions are always very popular. Using the latest technology, children explore the cave art of the Lascaux caves, comparing it to the engravings of Creswell Crags; they will discover how a roundhouse was made and then take a peek in a 'lived in' abode; they will take a tour of some of Britain's most prominent megalithic works including Sronehenge and Avebury; they will also visit the inside of long barrows. Working with a partner, children will complete a quest activity to find out some key facts about life during that era, all the while being deeply immersed in a virtual world.
Other activities can include:
Looking at Prehistoric clothing including turning wool to fabric: carding wool to neaten the fibres; spinning, using a drop spindle and weaving using a peg loom.
An archaeological dig pit; unearthing authentic artifacts as well as realistic replicas, recording their findings. Children will have the opportunity to use tools such as a metal detector, measuring callipers and digital scales. They may also have the chance to learn about relative chronology through stratigraphy.
Wattle and daub - a hands-on, super messy outdoor activity, learning the skills of house building.
Nettle cordage demonstration - children will have the opportunity to create their own cordage woollen bracelet.
Learn how to make wheat flour, using a mesolithic saddle quern and an iron age rotary quern
Learn the skill of using a bow drill.
A chance to handle some larger 'mystery objects' -what were they used for?
If there is something you would like us to specifically cover, just get in contact and we can prepare a special activity just for you!