As part of their topic work on Prehistoric people, Year 4 went back in time to visit a Neolithic village at the 'Algaba de Ronda' heritage centre. The centre is located between two national parks, near to the town of Ronda. It is a haven for wildlife of all kinds and we were lucky enough to see a herd of rare 'Golden' pigs foraging for acorns, a flock of over 20 vultures circling overhead and some endangered wild orchids.
The Neolithic village itself was built by university students to learn about neolithic building techniques while recreating what life was like for stone age people. Year 4 had a fascinating time exploring the buildings and their perfectly curated contents. They were able to handle replicas of stone age tools and weapons, and discover how they were made using flint, bone and other natural materials. We were shown how cereals were harvested and we all got to try milling wheat using prehistoric pestle and mortars. We also explored a Neolithic burial chamber and found out how, with some ingenuity, a sledge, rollers and some rope, enormous monoliths could be moved with just a few year 4 children. We even had time for a treasure hunt in the beautiful cork forest.
Year 4 all had a wonderful day and made some great memories that will be etched in stone.