Some classes in Upper School and Sixth Form enjoyed a very special history day, where they learned about the Stone Age.
The students learned about and explored the various tools that were used. Stones that felt comfortable in the palm of the hand but had a sharp edge were good for cutting and chopping. Sharp stones were used to make other tools, such as axes, spears and arrows. This allowed hunters to approach and attack their prey from greater distances.
Nothing went to waste. Fur was carefully cleaned using sharp stones and used for clothing to keep warm. The skulls of animals were used as head dresses.
Language, communication and organisation between hunters meant that larger prey could be caught. The students learned about team work. One team slowly and quietly crept closer to an unsuspecting deer, while another team waited, hidden. The first team of hunters startled the deer into running straight into the spears of the second team.
There is an incredible Stone Age structure that was built to celebrate the Winter Solstice; a tunnel with a chamber at one end and a small hole at the other. Once a year, on the sunrise of the shortest day, sunlight enters through the hole, shines through the tunnel and lights up the chamber. This shows that the Stone Age people knew about the changes in sunlight throughout the day and year and celebrated the arrival of the days getting longer and warmer.
The students experienced what it would be like to be inside a dark tunnel with a small light guiding the way from the other end.