Stone Age Experts Visit Stonehenge
This week, Denmark Street Class set off for Salisbury Plain to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site - Stonehenge. During their 'Tribal Tales' topic Year 3 have been learning about life in prehistoric times and the trip was a perfect way to see, first hand, some of the things they had been studying in the classroom.
Once we had all been issued with our special purple wristbands we set off to explore the exhibition space. It was very exciting to stand in the middle of the 360˚ audio-visual cinema so that we could experience Stonehenge through the ages and through the seasons. Then it was on to the artefact displays where we saw many things that had been found during digs around the site – bones, pottery, jewellery and stone tools.
Stepping outside we tried our hand at moving one of the massive sarsen stones that make up most of Stonehenge but even with the whole class working together it was still too heavy to pull. Next it was time to explore the replica prehistoric houses, similar to the ones that the Stonehenge builders would have lived in. We found them small and dark but some of us thought the beds were quite comfortable.
Soon it was time for lunch and everyone gratefully tucked into their sandwiches and snacks. After lunch, we met up with Sonya and Ross, our guides from English Heritage, and got dressed in our Stone Age style tabards. We excitedly boarded the transit bus which took us on a short trip out to the stones.
Sonya gave us a tour of the site, pulling exciting artefacts out of her bag at each stop and allowing us to handle them – digging tools, hammer stones, bluestones and sarsen stone. After touring the stones, we had a chance to run about as we made our way to a round barrow. As we were with English Heritage guides we were very privileged to be allowed to climb the barrow which other visitors are not allowed to do. Once at the top of the barrow we decided to ‘bury’ Hailey, surrounding her with some of the treasures that a Bronze Age lady might be buried with – amber, jet, clay beakers, bronze daggers and gold jewellery. Thankfully Hailey quickly recovered and we made up chants and played instruments as we processed back to the stones.
All too soon it was time to say good bye to Sonya and Ross and prepare for our journey back to school. We all really enjoyed our day out and were delighted when Sonya told us that we were the most knowledgeable class she had ever taken on a tour and the only group of children who had ever been able to answer her questions about the Bush Barrow man and the things found in his burial chamber.
Our exciting trip really brought our topic to life and we would like to thank the adults that came with us to ensure we all had a wonderful day out.