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10,000 Years BC - What We Do
10,000 Years BC aims to improve understanding of our Palaeolithic (early Stone Age) prehistory with workshops and demonstrations that display authentic-looking replica artefacts, implements and garments of the period.
KS2 Archaeology and Stone Age Workshops in Primary Schools
Half-day KS2 sessions are typically divided into two practical workshops with break/playtime in between, covering archaeology, chronology, evidence-based learning, Palaeolithic lifestyles, and hands-on history including artefact handling and recording. Sessions are led by Chris, who has extensive primary teaching experience, supported by Dave (ex-secondary teacher) who role-plays as an Archaeologist then dresses as a Palaeolithic Hunter. Pre-visit preparation notes and a unique multimedia follow-up resource pack are included in the programme. Outdoor 'bushcraft' type activities are not included in our workshop, but we will display and discuss many of the related tools, by-products and materials, thus offering a firm prehistoric context for any forest school sessions you may have planned. We will provide you with a full risk assessment in advance to save admin time, and will not use the projector screen or talk non-stop - we are mindful of both safety and good practice in today's classroom(!)
Our learning activities are carefully cross-referenced to the specific requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for KS2 (Primary) History. We work with teachers, teaching assistants and up to 36 pupils per session in their own classroom, removing the need for time-consuming school trip administration and preparation, and any additional transport or staffing costs. You won't need to book the school hall, and for full day bookings we can work flexibly with a rapid room change to ensure that both classes will have sessions of equal duration.
Much of our workshop content addresses subject matter featured in the excellent children's storybook Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura, especially the numerous Stone Age activities shown on pages 16 - 17. This book is a popular learning resource in many of the schools we have visited - if you are not using it already we can highly recommend it for its accurate and accessible depictions of Stone Age lifestyles.
ISBN (paperback): 978-1406312195
Publisher: Walker Books
Another book which closely matches the material we cover is The Stone Age by Jerome Martin, part of the Usborne Beginner's series. Again, accurate and accessible depictions of living in the Stone Age, backed by expert advice and supported with diagrams and photographs, but not in a story format. Aimed at readers from 5 upwards and in our opinion ideal for KS2 learners.
ISBN (hardback): 978-1409586418
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Our workshop provides a unique and memorable starting point for the statutory Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age element of KS2 History.
Feedback received from schools:
"I just wanted to say a big thank you for the day that you did in Year 3...This week I did a children's voice for topic and the children said how much they enjoyed it and they could tell me all about what they had learnt it was really impressive. They were telling me all sorts of things so thank you for making such an impact on them." Curriculum co-ordinator, Cheshire
"The recent workshop experience was fantastic for all the children and staff! Real, practical investigative learning took place.. The workshops were engaging with opportunities to observe real historical artefacts. Moreover, the children were given opportunities to voice their existing knowledge of the Stone Age as aspiring archaeologists. A final question time with Dave dressed as Stone Age hunter/gatherer really caught the children's attention.. Many thanks for this memorable experience. Highly recommended from staff and pupils." KS2 class teacher, Manchester
"Year 3 really enjoyed the whole afternoon and were very engaged and enthused by the activities - they particularly enjoyed being archaeologists! They also loved asking the 'Stone Age' man lots of questions to find out more information about life in the Stone Age. Thank you for a fun-filled informative afternoon!" KS2 class teacher, Cheshire
"The children really enjoyed the whole day! It was lovely for them to get a hands on feel of objects from the time and provided them with an excellent opportunity to apply the knowledge that they had gained over the course of the topic, through them handling artefacts and objects that would be hard come by as a NQT. A key strength of the day was the subject knowledge you both possess, Dave was especially brilliant at answering any question the children had! They also gained so much from “seeing a real life” pre-historic man. They were then able to have a brilliant visual reference to the people we have been learning about. I would definitely recommend this course to other teachers who are covering the Stone Age to Iron Age topic, or about to start it." KS2 class teacher, Cheshire
"The workshop was magnificent! The children had to recall their favourite memories of the school year so far and so many of them recalled different activities from your workshop. It was an excellent opportunity which supported our teaching very well and helped their Stone Age topic come to life. We will definitely book you in again for another fun-filled and exciting morning! Thank you." KS2 class teacher, Cheshire
"Thanks ever so much again for the wonderful day you provided for us...The children chose their genre as to how they shared their learning - so some pretended to be archaeologists and did diary entries, some did information leaflets, others did non-chronological reports and some stories! I've been recommending you to everyone I meet." Y3/4 teacher, West Yorkshire
"Thanks again for the 10,000 BC workshop. The children are still talking about it now! It was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I have attached some letters the children wrote to you." Y3 teacher, Cheshire
For further Primary Workshop details, rates, and bookings please contact Chris Trevor
Please Note: Demand for our workshops has been increasing, and we are already taking school bookings for September 2017 onwards. To avoid disappointment please contact us as soon as possible for all 2017 bookings, especially the 2017 Autumn term, which is our busiest. If you are re-booking and would like a workshop earlier in your History topic than before, please don't leave it too late to get in touch!
Our availability for schools is at its most flexible between September and April. Later dates are possible, but are subject to other working commitments, so early booking (before March at the latest) is essential.
If you think 10,000 Years BC can be of assistance in any context or at any time, please contact us.
We are also available to work with other groups and audiences, both inside and outside the education system, including secondary, further and higher education, Events, museum/historic site education programmes, history-based clubs and societies, and promotional, photography or documentary work. Depending upon your requirements we will either work as a two person team, or Dave will attend 'in character' as an individual presenter.
Events, museums, historic sites, history-based organisations and societies
Presentations, workshops or longer visits at your chosen venue, attendance at conferences, open events or at collection, exhibition, and gallery launches.
Dave is also a part-time visitor guide at a working museum (Stretton Watermill), so is familiar with presenting our heritage to audiences of all ages and interests.
During 2015 we supported a museum exhibition opening, offered a workshop at the Horrible Histories stage show in Llandudno, and attended a living history event at Cheshire's Beeston Castle.
We ran two practical sessions for delegates at the Historical Association's 2016 conference in Harrogate, and ran a further two sessions for the SCHP Inspiring Primary History Conference at The British Museum in December.
In October 2016 we ran a provider's table at The Midland History Forum Conference at Birmingham University's School of Education. Next year we also plan to offer a practical session for delegates.
To discuss your requirements and our rates for any event related work involving 10,000 Years BC, please contact Dave Trevor
New for 2017: Ice Age to Iron Age - guided walks on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire (9 Aug and 25 Oct 2017)
Later this year Dave will be working for the Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Service to offer two guided walks around the National Trust owned Bickerton Hill on Cheshire's Sandstone Ridge, focussing on various aspects of our prehistoric past, including the Maiden Camp hillfort. Replica prehistoric garments will be displayed and replica artefacts will be made available for handling and discussion.
Online booking opens 2 months before each event. For further details please click the following event dates: 9 Aug 2017 or 25 Oct 2017
For all queries and information relating to these events and others offered by the Ranger Service, please visit their website.
Other education-based work
1-2 hour, half-day or longer visits to your school, college, or university can be arranged to suit individual course or subject requirements, including Archaeology, History, Fashion/Textile design, Photography, Media, Design/Technology, Adult Education and others. Maybe you're promoting a Prehistory-based course at an open event or are running a themed day?
Just let us know what you want - Dave is an 11-18 qualified teacher with extensive classroom experience in a range of subjects.
To discuss requirements and rates, please contact Dave Trevor
Promotional, photography, media and documentary work
Prehistoric man for hire - Can provide his own authentic deer skin costume, weapons, implements and beard. Do you wish to promote a prehistoric site, or need photos for a book or publication? Are you running an ad campaign with a prehistoric theme or filming a documentary on the Palaeolithic and need an extra?
The garments are not for hire without me, and I don't do stunt work, otherwise please feel free to get in touch.
To discuss requirements and rates, please contact Dave Trevor
Hunting and Gathering - where we've been and what we've seen in 2016 & 2017
In addition to running our school workshops, Chris has been running teacher training courses around the North West as part of her consultancy role, and Dave has been attending 'in character' as a surprise afternoon guest at those with a History theme! During Spring we had a guided tour of the prehistoric footprints that can be found on the beach at Formby Point. May's Historical Association Conference at Harrogate was a first for us - we ran two delegate sessions on Primary School Prehistory. In June Dave spent a day receiving one-to-one flint knapping tuition from expert tutor Will Lord, in Suffolk, which provided some fascinating insights into the technical sophistication of our ancient ancestors. We also took the opportunity to visit Ipswich Museum and see one of John Frere's early hand axe finds (top photo), along with other prehistoric artefacts.
Another artefact of note that we saw in June was the decorated Kendrick's Cave Horse Jaw (second photo) which was on display at Llandudno Museum until August. July found us gazing in awe at Creswell Crags' unique Palaeolithic cave art inside the Church Hole Cave on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border.
Our autumn trip to Europe included a visit to the brand new Caverne Pont d'Arc reconstruction (third photo) of the Chauvet Cave in France's Ardeche region, where some of Europe's earliest known cave art was discovered.
We also paid our respects to Ötzi the Iceman in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology at Bolzano in northern Italy, on our way through to Austria, where we found ourselves face to face with The Willendorf Venus in Vienna's Natural History Museum. Along the way we picked up more materials for our handling collection, including amber, obsidian, and some generously proportioned red deer antlers. Quite a trip all told.
We rounded off 2016 by offering two practical workshops at the SHP Inspiring Primary History conference at The British Museum. Apart from meeting (and hopefully enthusing) more teachers it also gave Dave the chance to pop upstairs and peruse the European Prehistory gallery.
During 2017 we are looking forward to further school workshops in new locations, having already made our first inroads into Birmingham during January.
In February Dave returned to Formby Point, where he spotted some lines of prehistoric human footprints in the ancient clay beds that had been scoured clean by winter storm conditions (fourth photo, scale = 1 metre). Two sets made by adults, and another set made by a smaller person, possibly a child.
More conference appearances are planned, and during Spring and Autumn we will be visiting more prehistoric sites in Europe during our holidays. Dave is also planning to make a second set of garments, this time from Reindeer hide and using replica stone age tools rather than their modern equivalents.
In August and October Dave will be assisting the local countryside ranger service with prehistory-themed guided walks on Bickerton Hill, a prominent feature of Cheshire's Sandstone Ridge.
Palaeofacts: Did you know the prefix 'Palaeo-' means 'older' or 'ancient', so it is used to describe the study of dinosaur and fossil remains (Palaeontology). In the context of the Stone Age, 'Palaeolithic' defines the earliest period of stone (lithic) tool use, or 'Old' Stone Age. The later periods were the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) and and the Neolithic (New Stone Age). The terms Palaeolithic and Neolithic were first coined in 1865 by John Lubbock, in his influential archaeology text "Pre-historic times, as illustrated by ancient remains, and the manners and customs of modern savages".
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