Year 3 had an amazing time at Butser Ancient Farm, investigating how homes in Britain have changed over time. We experienced being inside an Iron Age roundhouse, learned about the materials used to build it and how life was lived inside this dark and smoky home. We contrasted this with being inside a Roman villa, with its brightly-painted walls, mosaic floors and different rooms with windows. We also built a wattle-work fence and tested it out for strength, used a sharp piece of flint and a ball of grass to create our own chalk carving and tried using a drop spindle to turn sheep’s wool into spun thread, ready for weaving into cloth – some of our teachers found this very challenging! We also had a memorable lesson in Roman toilet manners!
We will use what we have learned to create our own model Iron Age houses!