Stone Age life for youngsters at Upton Junior School

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Youngsters at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs have taken a journey back to the Stone Age.

Year 3 pupils brought the topic to life as they dressed in home-made prehistoric costumes complete with animal print outfits, wild back-combed hair, bone necklaces and ‘dirty’ faces.

As part of their Stone Age topic learning the pupils took part in a range of hands-on activities.

These included a drama workshop with Ian from KIC Theatre that explored the life of hunter gatherers, who ate nuts, fruit and roots, hunted for fish and meat with harpoons and spears, and used animal skins for clothes and shelters.

The also developed their art skills with observational drawings of fossils, and worked with Gez and Diana from The Trust for Thanet Archaeology.

They showed the children artefacts and tools from the different eras of the Stone Age – Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. The children were able to handle real Stone Age relics and learnt about the importance of flint and the development of tools and their various uses.

Pupils also had the chance to create their own fossils using Plaster of Paris and plasticine which was a very messy and hugely popular.

Head of Year 3 Fran Pellett said: “It was a fantastic day and the children really entered into the spirit of being back in the Stone Age.

“Our creative curriculum is a real strength at Upton and topic themed days, such as this, really help to rejuvenate topics and bring them to life for the children.

“Learning in such a creative way embeds the knowledge even further and they are days which children really look back on and remember.”