The Stone Age and Fractions!

This week we have started our new history topic by investigating  the concept of the Stone Age via the medium of toilet roll! We looked at this timeline

and talked about why this early period in history is called the Stone Age. We noticed that the Stone Age is divided into three periods: the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age, the Mesolithic or Middle and Neolithic or New Stone Age. It is very hard to picture just how long ago all this happened so we tried to put this into some sort of scaled timeline using an everyday toilet roll…

If there are 200 sheets on the roll and the toilet roll represents 1,000,000 years, then each sheet represents 5,000 years (1,000,000 ÷ 200 = 5,000).
Let’s put that into perspective, one sheet contains everything from the present day to the Neolithic. 5,000 years ago, where that sheet starts, Neolithic farmers lived in Britain – tending their crops, making pottery, building houses. In fact, at that point, they’d already been doing it for 1,000 years (the Neolithic began 6,000 years ago, around 4,000 BC).
We then continued to roll the toilet roll down across our classroom and down the corridor until we reached the last sheet –  that’s where it all began, everything apart from the first 2(ish) squares, represents the middle or old Stone Age.

On Wednesday we looked at another toilet roll timeline from the Neolithic stone age to now and still the end of the toilet roll seemed a very long way away from the present day.

On Friday we had a go at cave paintings. I’m sure you will agree they are very effective.

Thank you for all the amazing topic homework we have had in. Everybody loved looking at the models as they came in and we will be sharing them, along with other facts and presentations you have prepared. Photos to follow. Well done Cherry Class.

We have also been looking at equivalent fractions and comparing fractions in maths. We have used Cuisenaire Rods,fraction strips and fraction walls to help us.

Honey made this fraction wall to help her find equivalent fractions  on a 0 to 1 numberline marked in twelfths

What other equivalent fractions could you find on this numberline?

(Sorry about the quality of the photo. I will try to replace it with a clearer one later.)


One thought on “The Stone Age and Fractions!

  1. Must be exciting in Cherry the learning this week, and the judo … don’t you love that feeling when all the parts are layered so each helps make sense of the other. What is history without relative timelines and fractions. When it comes together inside your head … doesn’t it feel like a bath-bomb sherbet fizzling fantastic.

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