A Little Bit Of Stone Age History

I’m sneakily trying to pop in a little of everything in to our english lessons – perhaps this is my secret home education ploy? 😉

We started with cups of tea, and talked about the importance of communication through language – pointing out, of course, that learning to speak and understand another language, particularly english, was also important in this case. In order to put this in to practise, we played a simple game of charades – each child was given 3 minutes to draw something that s/he was thinking – while the other children had to guess. Of course, the child drawing was not allowed to use language at all – and all the guessing had to be done in english…

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This was a lot of fun – and there was a lot of laughter!
I likened this lack of language to when there were cave men – how did they communicate? And of course, they partly communicated by the pictures carved and painted in their caves..
I wanted them to ‘imagine’ how it would be to draw in a cave, so we taped paper under the table and drew our ‘rock paintings’ looking upwards…

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Using our fingers we then mixed some special powdered paint, made to look as if it were various colours of elements from the ground…

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…and using various postcards for inspiration…

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…we (finger) painted our pictures….

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Our last part of the lesson was for the kids to go out and make tools, which may have been used in stone age times….

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The boys got on to this straight away, but interestingly, the girls fixed up a transport system with baskets to carry sticks for tools….although the tools never actually got made! 😉

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Of course, I insisted that there was english being spoken the entire time…. 🙂

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