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Hillcrest Primary School in Downham Market treats pupils to a real Stone Age experience



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Primary school pupils were transported back in time yesterday as they met two Stone Age cave dwellers in a one-of-a-kind live history experience.

Year 3 students at Hillcrest Primary in Downham were introduced to Ochre and Twig, two professional cave people who travel the country to teach people about the Stone Age.

The immersive experience was designed to give pupils an idea of living conditions in the pre-historic era.

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Hillcrest School in Downham provided a real-life Stone Age experience for kids, as part of their learning (56741191)

Year 3 classes were invited to join the pair in a tent, where they sat around a camp-fire surrounded by animal skins and Stone Age artefacts.

The seven- and eight-year-olds saw a mackerel being gutted in front of their eyes and even got to eat the fish afterwards.

They were mesmerised by the use of flint and different tools used for daily tasks.

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Hillcrest School in Downham provided a real-life Stone Age experience for kids, as part of their learning (56741161)

The class teacher said: "We wanted to give the children the opportunity to live the experience as it really adds to their learning.

"This particular era is not as well documented as other areas of history and Ochre and Twig have shown them first hand what it was like. We spent the morning doing facial reconstruction from the Stone Age before heading to the tent."

Noah Tomaszewski, aged eight, said: "It was so cool, we loved it, I'm so happy the school decided to do this and I want to watch a documentary about it tonight.

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"We could eat the mackerel or nettles, I chose mackerel and it was really nice cooked on that type of fire."

Ochre and Twig are counterparts to Memma the Cavewoman, who has over 2,500 followers on social media.

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Hillcrest School in Downham provided a real-life Stone Age experience for kids, as part of their learning (56741188)
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Hillcrest School in Downham provided a real-life Stone Age experience for kids, as part of their learning (56741182)
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Hillcrest School in Downham provided a real-life Stone Age experience for kids, as part of their learning (56741153)

Memma, who is head cavewoman at company called prehistoric experiences, who offer the unique learning day, says on her site that the living history snapshot 'rewilds the child'.

She said: "We enable children to become the Stone Age, learning by exploring and developing physical and mental strength inspires their young minds. Rewild the child."

The experience is available to book online for both schools and individuals.



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