Educational Visits to Layer Marney Tower – What about a Stone Age Day?
One of most popular educational days at Layer Marney Tower, is The Stone Age. Only about half of the hundreds of children who come on a school trip to Layer Marney Tower choose the Tudor option. It is of course a popular course and we really do know about the Tudors, but the rest come to learn about the Egyptians, Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Romans or the Stone Age. Younger children enjoy our transport day which includes the Big Red Layer Marney Bus, or Once Upon a Time – traditional fairy tales, imagine learning about Rapunzel from the top of a real “fairytale tower” or searching for the Beast having followed Beauty’s Rose petal trail through the Layer Marney Gardens.
But let me talk you through a Stone Age Day, a subject often difficult for teachers in school get to grips with. We well understand that taking your class out of school on a school visit is fraught with potential problems, so we try to make it easy, safe and a first class learning experience for your children. A phone call or email to the office here secures a mutually convenient date, when you have booked your coach, confirm with us and we send you the necessary paperwork. We send you a booking form, modules to choose from (you choose four) general health and safety information and advice to ensure the day runs smoothly.
On the day you arrive at 10.00 am, we meet the coach and take you to the Long Gallery where you can leave packed lunches. We given the children a basic quick health and safety chat and then you are ready to begin.
On the Stone Age Day you can choose Daily Life in the Stone Age, where you learn about the food you would have eaten, the clothes you would have worn and the daily routines. Or what about some archeology? How do we know what we know? Dig in the sand to discover objects, what were they used for? Who would have used them? Try your hand at finding somewhere safe to live, the walls could be decorated with the cave paintings you might like to do, make a pot to put your food in. But…before you can eat, you have to learn how the Stone Age people had to catch their lunch…not easy, learn how to fire a catapult to kill your prey, or hook a duck with a rod, or lassoo a tiger. Can you follow animal tracks? How do you know what plants are safe to eat?
It is an action packed, hands on day. WIth three modules before lunch then a short lunch break with a chance to run round the grounds to let off steam (its hard work learning to be a Stone Age person) then eat your packed lunch (grateful that you probably won’ have had to go out and catch it before you ate it! ) One module after lunch and then back on the coach and back to school.
It’s fun, it’s busy and your class will learn a lot. Check out our testimonial page to get a feel for what visiting teachers think about a Layer Marney Tower Educational Visit. Click here for prices and full list of modules available for the various subjects.