The Stone Age
The stone age is a period in history that covers our earliest ancestors around 2million years ago to around 5 thousand years ago. We will be focusing on how our ancestors around 10,000 years ago survived and thrived in our local environment. We will look at how their lives changed from a hunter gatherer society to a settled farming community. We will study how innovations such as metal tools and domesticating plants and animals transformed their lives. We will also look at the way our ancestors changed the world around them.
Can you see an image carved onto the bone? This was found in Cresswell Crags in Nottinghamshire.
The Bronze Age
The Bronze age is named after the metal that people first used to make tools. These tools replaced stone tools.
The Iron Age
The Iron age is named after the metal that was used to make tools, household objects and even weapons. Iron is stronger, harder and sharper than bronze so it soon took over as the metal of choice.
What did the Romans ever do for us?
Wealthy Romans would decorate their villas (homes) with beautiful ornate mosaics. Clay tiles or tesserae would be carefully cut and placed on sticky plaster. Many ancient Roman mosaics have been discovered in Britain (some here in Nottinghamshire)
The mosaics give historians clues about what Roman life was like from the fashions that the citizens wore to the food they ate. Some mosaics discovered in the city of Pompeii were even used in fast food restaurants to show customers what was in the menu.
You can have a go at making your own mosaic using small squares of paper and some glue. Keep your design simple, leave a gap between the tiles and make sure that they tesselate or fit together. Have fun
For many, a trip to the seaside was a luxury that only the rich could afford. For them it was a place to promenade along the seafront showing off their finest clothes.
In Victorian times, the coast was increasingly seen as a healthy place to visit. Not only was the breezy sea air seen as refreshing and invigorating but the salty sea water was recommended as a cleansing drink. Drinking two pints of seawater was prescribed as a good cure! Many seaside towns developed a reputation as places to recover from illness and flourished as health spas.
For rich industrialists and their families living in the rapidly growing, dirty, smog filled factory towns, a visit to the coast would have been a welcomed break.
In Victorian times, the working classes worked every day (except Sundays when they were expected to attend church). They were not entitled to take holidays from their jobs and it was only when Bank holidays were introduced by law in 1870 that the working classes were able to enjoy a proper day off.
The growth of railways also meant travelling to the coast was more affordable.
Great movies to watch that are based in Victorian times
Just remember that not everyone spent their time singing in Victorian times