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10,000 Years BC - Palaeolithic (Stone Age) prehistory workshops for schools


10,000 Years BC uses authentic-looking late Ice Age hunter-gatherer garments made from red deer skin, based on known evidence of Palaeolithic lifestyles, and Stone Age tools and techniques.

In our KS2 workshop sessions and other presentations we display quality replica prehistoric tools, implements and artefacts of flint, bone, wood and antler for handling and discussion. Many of our artefacts are hafted to demonstrate their original appearance and function - they are not lifeless lumps of stone locked away behind glass. We are firm believers in putting the past in your hands.

 


Our school work is based in the North West region, especially Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Warrington, Wirral, and North Staffordshire.

 


School year 2020-21 - "Plan B" (from 2 October 2020)

It will not be possible to run our usual live workshops during the Autumn term, so we have adapted to changing circumstances, and have developed a multimedia learning support package combining an artefact loan box with over 2 hours of new video material in the form of 25+ short units.

(Schools that have previously booked the live workshop will also receive a video version of the full 3 hour workshop, subdivided into 11 short units.)

The learning support video material is linked directly to the loan box contents, and specifically to the popular book Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.

The price of this package is substantially lower than the price of a live workshop.

Full details and examples of the materials can be found in the video clip below:

 

 

Feedback from schools:

"The resources you have thoughtfully put together to replace the live workshops are of the highest quality. The children love the Prehistory Mystery videos linked to the excellent artefacts included in the resource pack. They have brought ancient history back to life! Great care and attention to detail has been taken to produce historically accurate, multi-sensory resources. The children have learnt so much in a short space of time. Thank you 10,000 Years BC!"

School History Leader, Cheshire East

"We absolutely loved the Stone Age artefact box. The children managed to complete historical enquiries, predictions and questioning. We also did some sketching, some diary entries and various other activities. The children really developed their love for history and historical knowledge so thank you so much!"

Class Teacher, Wirral

"..the children really enjoyed watching the videos and passing the artefacts around. They have learned lots (as did us teachers!) especially about Stone Age string! Thank you once again for providing the option for us to continue to enrich our curriculum under these circumstances."

Y3 Teacher, Trafford

"The children have loved it! I was really impressed with how you have adapted the work you do and still made it engaging through the videos."

Y3 Teacher, Cheadle Hulme

"..the year 3 children thoroughly enjoyed the artefact box and it really enhanced their learning. They were incredibly enthused by it so we really appreciate being given the opportunity to have it, thank you."

Lower KS2 Leader, Crewe

 


 

All bookings are considered provisional on your part, and can be cancelled or rescheduled as circumstances require. No advance payment is necessary.

We are taking provisional bookings for live workshops in Spring Term 2021, but if that format is not possible you will offered "Plan B" (above) as an alternative.

For further details and bookings, please contact us.

 


Live KS2 Archaeology & Prehistory Workshops (when available)

Our KS2 Archaeology & Prehistory workshops have run in over 120 different primary schools, and thanks to repeat bookings we estimate that we have worked with more than 10,000 children so far. Our work is based in the North West region, especially Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Wirral, Warrington, Merseyside and North Staffordshire, and we have worked further afield in previous years. We have run conference sessions on The Stone Age for teachers and other heritage educators, specifically with SHP at the British Museum, and with The Historical Association at their annual conferences and their regional History forums. We have an active role in teacher training and curriculum design in the NW region and beyond.

We visit you and work with your class in your classroom - no coaches to organise or school trip paperwork to complete! You won't even need to book the school hall. We are a husband and wife team, both qualified teachers with extensive Primary and Secondary teaching experience. We know how to work effectively in the familiar surroundings of a classroom with children, teachers, and learning support staff, and within the spirit of the latest National Curriculum. We provide participating schools with preparation notes before the workshop, a unique site licenced multimedia Prehistory resource pack after each session, and can offer practical advice on how to follow up our visit to the children's best advantage.

See What We Do for more details about how we can help you to kick start your KS2 History curriculum.

 

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Adieu Bernard Ginelli, et Merci Beaucoup: On our most recent visit to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil we were saddened to hear belatedly that veteran flint knapper Bernard Ginelli had passed away in November 2018 following a short illness, aged 72. Most of our flint replica tools were crafted by Bernard in his Palaois workshop in the village, situated opposite the Abri Pataud rock shelter, and open since 1990. Bernard developed his craft, some might say art, with Dr Francois Bordes, the pre-eminent French archaeologist, and the quality and variety of his work was apparent in the many artefacts he displayed and sold in his workshop. Bernard was also highly skilled with the propulseur (spear thrower) - a true Stone Age man in so many respects! Bernard's replica artefacts have been studied and handled by around 10,000 schoolchildren in the UK, and a considerable number of teachers, during our workshops and training courses since 2014. We can only hope that some of those children will choose to tread the same path into the past that Bernard Ginelli followed during his lifetime, and will go on to inspire others in the same way that he has done.

Bernard Ginelli
Bernard Ginelli
(1947-2018)

For more information about Bernard's unique life and work, please take a moment to visit the Palaois website.

 


Palaeofacts: Did you know that the Palaeolithic (or 'Old' Stone Age), starting with the first known use of stone tools over 3 million years ago and coinciding with the Pleistocene Ice Ages, accounts for 99.6% of our tool-using past? Whilst other enactors and museums may offer prehistory workshops from the Neolithic or later, we go right back to our lengthy hunter-gatherer heritage. This forms the ideal pre-agricultural starting point for a KS2 History curriculum that requires children to understand the changes that occurred between the Stone Age and Iron Age.

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