Twinkl PlanIt is my go-to resource for History lessons. Today, we used the Skara Brae lesson pack to learn about Skara Brae and its archaeological significance.
To begin, we briefly revised our previous Stone Age knowledge – particularly the different types of houses. The kids remembered the transition from caves (Palaeolithic) to portable tents (Mesolithic) to permanent structures (Neolithic). That was super helpful because talking about Neolithic homes naturally led into talking about Skara Brae, and the houses that were found there.
The first part of the official lesson was reading a newspaper style article, about the discovery of the Skara Brae settlement by William Watt. (This was a novelty in itself, as the digital era means we don’t tend to buy physical newspapers anymore.) The kids took turns to read the paragraphs out loud. After that, we resumed the presentation and learned more key facts about Skara Brae. (Some of the more fascinating points, according to my children: early humans were much shorter than modern humans, and house 7 had a door that could only be locked from the outside.)
We watched the presentation’s linked video, to see how a news reporter would conduct an interview. Then, we used the news report worksheets to note some interesting facts about Skara Brae.
The kids took turns being the reporter and the interviewed archaeologist, and I served as the audience. They didn’t particularly enjoy doing the news report worksheets but their lovely news reports made up for it. (I loved the funny names they invented for their newspapers and TV channels.)
Finally, we went through the success criteria as a sort of pop quiz summary.