What a fantastic time we had at The National Trust’s Sheringham Park last Friday. We began by asking how Stone Age people foraged for their food and the children were given 10 pictures from which they had to choose 5 that were safe to eat for their tribe! Having made their choices, we discovered only one tribe would have survived and even they would have been very ill. Having learned an important lesson, we went off to see what we could find. Brambles and nettles were our first source of food quickly followed by beech nuts. We discovered that these nuts can also be ground into a flour as well as being cooked. Sweet chestnuts were also found. Rob our guide then showed us a root plant called Alexanders that smells a little like parsnip and is found growing in woodlands. Our foragers were then asked to find animal tracks amongst the many dog paw prints along the footpaths. Evidence of muntjac deer was quickly found and Rob told us that having found an animals route, Stone Age hunters would have lain in wait for them. On our forage, we discovered a fungus called King Alfred’s cake which is an excellent material for helping to start a fire – the ideal connection for our final activity of the day, lighting and maintaining a fire.
This was a great way to finish our Stone Age topic and the children thoroughly enjoyed their day.