We have worked in pairs to build a Mesolithic home from 'branches and animal skins'. We problem solved making a structure and securing 5 poles with string. Tying knots was a challenge!
We have learnt that homes that could be packed up and moved on as ancient people tried to find food. Mesolithic people were NOMADIC and moved around as they followed herds of deer etc. Prehistoric people were hunter- gatherers.
Settling by rivers meant easy access to water. Prehistoric people lived in family groups and small tribes. Hunters used flint spearheads to catch red deer for food. Animal skins were scraped with flint scrapers to produce leather for clothes and to cover the home.
CHRONOLOGY AND THE PASSAGE OF TIME.
We understand the term PERIODS of history.
We know that time can be split into B.C. Before Christ and A.D. Anno Domini (Year of our Lord).
We know that the Stone Age is PREHISTORY and was so long ago that nothing was written down.
We know that some periods in history overlap such as the Romans and Ancient Egyptians, the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons.
Following our first sketches in our sketchbooks, we now worked on a group cave drawing. We incorporated animals, hunts and hands which we've found in cave paintings from 30,000 years ago. We now know that this is PREHISTORY. We found out that the oldest cave paintings in Britain date from 12,000 years ago at Cresswell Caves.