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We had a fantastic time at Butser Farm yesterday, gathering hands-on experience for our ‘Homes through the Ages’ topic!  We compared different types of houses, from round houses to Roman villas, and learnt about how people lived – keeping goats, sheep and pigs, cooking on open fires, sleeping crouched down in boxes and cleaning their hands on grass (no sinks, no running water…and no inside toilets!).

Then we learnt how to rub plants on chalk to extract the juices to make ink to paint designs, how to grind chalk to create a paste (daub) and then use this on wattle fences to make them solid, how to build stone walls strong enough to walk on and how to twist wool from raw sheep wool (very smelly and greasy!) so that it could be used for weaving. 

We learnt so much!