What do humans need? Do they need art and why?

People  Place  Problem  Possibilities 
Explorer  Cave  How do we protect this special place?  Sharing our findings without spoiling the space   

UNESCOs protection of the Vesere Valley. 

 

Synopsis  

The project will start with a narrative around an explorer who has discovered a new cave. The children will interview the explorer about this cave before, together, going on an expedition to discover what hides within. There they will discover early human handprints and begin to consider who created them and why. The children will then be left with the dilemma whether they should share their findings with the world or keep it a secret to protect the special place. 

The learning journey then moves on to learning about the stone age where the children will learn about what life was like then, creating a day in the life of the stone age character, Otzi. They will be learning about where the stone age came in using a timeline and learn new vocabulary like prehistory and chronology. The children will also learn about early communication and how this has changed over time.   

Finally, children will take all their learning about the stone age and communication to become experts in these areas. They will create their own stone-age exhibition, based on what they learned. They will also consider how art and identify has changed from the Stone Age to today. The local community will be invited to see this.  

Knowledge Organiser

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Trips out/Visitors In 

A visit to Hill End immerses the children in Stone Age life and a visit from a real archaeologist enhances their understanding of how we find out about the past.

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Learning Exhibition 

We invite parents and wider family members to a Stone-Age experience centre for the local community showing a replica of a cave painting and their own contrasting, modern art work.