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November 13, 2011

Friday 11th November 2011 – Year 3 Visit to Butser Ancient Farm

Filed under: English,History,School Trips & Visits @ 2:04 pm

As an exciting launch to the Year 3’s new History topic (Invaders and Settlers) we visited Butser Ancient Farm near Petersfield.  The rain held off and we all enjoyed a fun and very educational day learning about the lifestyles of the Iron Age Celts and the Romans who invadedBritain.  The children experienced what it might have been like living in a Celtic roundhouse with an open fire in the middle, and compared this to the Roman villas which used different building materials and were designed in a different way.  We admired the artistic skills of the Romans whose villas included mosaic floors and detailed murals adorning the walls.  Practical activities included:

  • Being archaeologists: digging up a plot of earth to find items from over 2000 years ago and suggesting what they may have been used for;
  • Creating a wattle fence using hazel sticks;
  • Grinding chalk using lightweight mallets;
  • Daubing a wall with a muddy mixture including chalk and straw but thankfully not animal dung!;
  • Creating mosaics using small coloured tiles.



This hands-on experience has given us lots of information which we can explore further in our forthcoming History lessons.  We will also be drawing on this knowledge during our Literacy lessons where children will be writing their own information report about Celt and Roman lifestyles.


Report by Mrs Milne

1 Comment »

  1. Nice report, Mrs Milne. Glad you all had a good time.

      Mr Senior — November 13, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

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