Today has been a busy day with the Year 3 and 4 children from Gretton school. Our topic today was Stoneage. The children told me lots of things they have already learnt in class. We then went outside and discovered how difficult it is to grind wheat to make flour by only using two large stones. Some of the children were very dedicated to this job and made some very fine flour, however, not enough to make a loaf of bread.
The children then used the large stones to grind up charcoal from my campfire. The charcoal was then put into plastic pots and then mixed into a paste using oil. The children then used either small sticks or their fingers to draw stone age cave paintings on the cow shed walls.
Then we moved onto chalk drawings and drew hunting story boards on the silage bales.
The children then became Hunter-Gatherers and whilst on a farm walk the children filled their pots with seeds, flowers and berries. The Autumn hedgerow is an ideal time for this activity. Later the contents of the pots were fed to the chickens which they loved.
Whilst on the farm walk I explained to the children that stone age man would often eat insects and so we went down to the pond and dipped for creatures. Strangely none of the children liked the idea of eating a water boatman!
After lunch the children had a lovely time in the ‘play wood’