We have an exciting project that consists of building a functional round house using most of the techniques as original as the Neolithic’s used. To achieve this we split the children into 3 groups then used the carousal method so each group had a go at each activity.
The first stage for the round house was to dig the holes for the posts that will form the structure to be weaved.
Using their new child size spades the children worked extremely hard digging the holes out.
What type of soil dig you dig out?
Was it easy or hard to dig?
The best wood for weaving the walls is hazel wood. The branches had to be as long as possible and fairly thin so it was flexible. The children were taught how to use a knife saw safely (under supervision) to cut the branches down and then they trimmed off all the small branches and leaves using secateurs. Once the posts were set into the ground they were secured at the top so the structure is solid. The hazel was then weaved around the posts to create the walls, this is known as wattle.
The next stage is to daub the walls, this will done after half term so look out for the update.
What materials are used to daub on the wattle?
The Iron Age was a time of great changes due to the fact the people had metal. So to further understand the time line and how each age had their own expertise we compared the Iron Age with the Stone Age. After watching a history video and reading a Stone Age story the children used their prior learning to discuss differences.
They were given an object from present day and, like the story had to think as a caveman and find uses for it. In groups they done a short presentation explaining their ideas and how they thought it would work. They then wrote their ideas done with some using diagrams for further clarification, this will go in their COSMIC books.
Finally we went outside to build a dwelling using materials available on the grounds