Investigating how the people lived together and spent their time in the Bronze Age, we created 3 activities to capture this. Previous learning has included weaving, cooking and farming.
Can you recall what you made with the weaving?
What was one of the main advances in the social side of these times?
What difference did farming make to how they lived?
The children watched a video about the Bronze Age before doing the activities.
Name the precious stone that was introduced in the Bronze Age?
What did it represent?
Who went down into the mines?
Why did it have to be them?
Activity 1: the hunted and the hunter.
This is one of the children’s favourite activities, one group are the hunted and wear reindeer antlers while hiding as best they can. The other group are the hunters who then have to flush out the hidden deer.
How did you feel as one of the hunted?
Did you prefer to be a hunter or the hunted?
Activity 2: ancestral pots.
Using air drying clay this activity gave the children an opportunity to replicate an ancestral pot using one solid piece of clay. They rolled it into a long sausage shape, long enough to coil it around and build up the layers to make a pot. They were challenged to keep the coils visible on the outside of the pot. The coils had to stick to each other or the pot would fall apart when dry.
Where there any problems with this method?
If so, how did you overcome them?
How did you feel about your finished pot?
What were the pots used for?
Activity 3: clooties.
These were originally made with rags or strips of clothing to honour the water spirits for healing. Our version consisted of 3 lollipop sticks tied together to create a triangle then decorated with a variety of coloured wool and beads. This activity definitely challenged the children’s dexterity and independence.
Due to bad weather we couldn’t get outside for the hunting game so the inside activity involved designing a shield. The design was based on the shield found that seemed to depict the way of tracking sunrise and sunsets and moonrise and moon sets.
Do you know the name given to this shield?