Prehistory

     

For over 90% of the human past we were Stone Age hunter-gathers. It was a successful and sustainable way of life and Godalming Museum's Prehistory sessions and loan box aim to give students an appreciation of their distant ancestors' skills and knowledge.  Students handle and examine original artefacts and build up a picture of human life in the local area, from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, within its wider context. 


Prehistory Workshops

These can be delivered in school or in the museum.  A typical Prehistory session at the museum begins with a Living Time Line workshop for the whole class, which is then divided into two groups to take turns at What's Missing? and Cave Art.  You should allow at least an hour and a half for this combination.  Workshops can also be booked individually.

The Be An Archaeologist workshop lasts at least an hour in itself and can be booked in combination with other Prehistory workshops, as a stand alone session, or as part of the Roman or Saxon topics.


 

Living Time Line

Learn the names, chronology and identifying features of Prehistoric periods. This session introduces some essential vocabulary for this topic.

Work together to build up a prehistoric timeline, using a mix of original artefacts and props.  We start by establishing what we mean by "Prehistory" and thinking about the evidence we have to help us understand what life was like in Prehistoric times.  By the end of the session, the whole group is arranged in a living timeline.


 

What’s Missing?

Learn to tell the difference between a worked and an unworked flint and find out about other materials used by Stone Age tool-makers

Handle original artefacts from the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic.  Study evidence for handles, shafts and other missing parts and design your own Stone Age tool.  Students consider the purposes for which tools were made and end up with a healthy appreciation of the importance of string and glue in Prehistory!


 

 

Cave Art*

Learn about the animals on which Stone Age people depended and explore Stone Age art and ritual

Study copies of cave art and explore why and how the paintings were made.  Work out what materials and tools the artists' could have used.

Make your own Stone Age paint and create a "cave painting" to take home.


 

Be an Archaeologist*

Find out about the role of an archaeologist and the nature of archaeological evidence

Working in pairs, students carry out their own mini dig: excavating; accurately plotting their finds on the site plan and writing descriptions of what they find.  They identify and study their finds and draw conclusions about the history of the site on which they are working.


* additional 50p per child for materials for this session


Loan Box

There is a loan box:  All resources use original artefacts whenever possible and set the local story within its wider context. This box comes with detailed teacher’s notes.

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Ring 01483-426510 or email museum.curator@godalming-tc.gov.uk to find out more or to book

 


 

 

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