Suitable for years 3-6, our Flint and Fire programme focuses on primitive living skills and nature awareness. Pupils will have the opportunity to take part in fun, practical activities designed to stimulate senses and focus their concentration skills for application in the classroom.
Based at our Chasewater Centre, Flint and Fire links to the Key Stage 2 Prehistoric Stone Age unit. Exploring how man created fire and what tools he used to hunt, gather food and survive. At the end of the programme, pupils will be able to apply their knowledge back in the classroom when learning about prehistoric times.
We offer both 2-day and 3-day programmes that feature a range of exciting activities including:
TRADITIONAL FLINT & STEEL
OR SOLAR DISC LIGHTER
Using flint and steel, young people will discover the ancient symbolic way to ignite a fire. If weather permits, we will use a parabolic mirror to produce embers - the original method used to ignite the Olympic torch.
CORDAGE (STRING MAKING)
Students will be taught how to make natural cordage from willow bark, nettle (seasonal) or by using raffia, a natural alternative to produce half a metre of twin ply string to hang their necklace from.
OPEN FIRE CAMP COOKING
Young people will have the opportunity to eat what they cook over an open fire. Food includes soup made in a Dutch oven, damper bread aka ash cakes, waffles and popcorn.
This ingenious and primitive way of drilling focuses very much on hand to eye
co-ordination, students will use the pump drill to bore a hole through a piece of slate to produce either a necklace or wrist band.
Hide and seek with a purpose, students will be given instruction of how to conceal themselves using plants, pigments (face paint) and improvised camouflage using what’s to hand, in a safe environment students will have the chance to apply their newly acquired skill by hiding and avoiding detection.
STALKING & TRACKING GAMES
A range of games aimed at enhancing the students awareness of their surroundings and their effect on it, what better way to explore your connection with the natural world by playing in it with some inspiring structured games.
As the nights draw in, students can enjoy the benefits of a night walk, a great experience that not many will have taken part in before.
Based in a large yurt, pupils will have an opportunity to interact with artifacts and explore what life was like in ancient times. This workshop will link to the stone age curriculum agenda.
This is a an example learning programme, activities maybe subject to change.