Avebury Trip September 2015

 

Year3 and 4 began their day with a stop off and quick walk to visit West Kennet Long Barrow. These burial chambers provided an introduction to what our ancient ancestors did for their important dead relatives.  From our position up on the Barrow, we had a great view across to Silbury Hill, also part of our magnificent Ancient Wiltshire landscape.

 

Back on the coach and off to Avebury!  After an introductory talk by the National Trust’s education lady, Michelle, where we learnt about what Stone Age people ate, how they hunted and lived, we split into groups and rotated the activities.

 

Each group was given a guided tour of Avebury henge, finding out about the structure and design of the monument, where the stones had been transported from, and how such huge and heavy stones were moved.  We were told about the age and purpose of the circles. Avebury has the largest standing stone in Britain and could fit the whole of Stonehenge into its inner circle.   We also learnt about the work of Alexander Keiller in the 1920’s, who was the man who rediscovered the stones and bought the village in order to excavate and re-erect the stones which had lain buried for hundreds of years.  Despite the children’s best efforts, we were unable to push over any of the stones!

 

In the Alexander Keiller Museum, we saw at close hand some of the artefacts which had been excavated, found out how Avebury had changed over the years and saw a number of skeletons, both human and animal.  This helped us to understand primary and secondary sources of information.

 

In the large barn we had the opportunity to dress in the clothing of Stone Age man, touch and lift replica tools, explore 3d maps of the landscape around Avebury and find out a little more about the way of life of ancient people as they moved from being hunter gatherers to farmers.

 

We were lucky to have a dry day for our trip and all got to play outside at lunchtime.  This was a great start to our topic and is inspiring us to learn about our local history.