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Suitable for teaching 7 to 11s. This clip explores life in Mesolithic Britain through the eyes of a typical hunter-gatherer family. Part one of an 11-part animated series.

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An introduction to the precarious nature of life in Mesolithic Britain through the eyes of a typical family. They dig flint out of the ground using antlers as a pick. They gather food and make tools from stone and antlers. They have to move about following food, so everything must be light and portable. They make weapons for hunting and domesticate a wolf - the beginning of man’s relationship with dogs.

This clip is from the BBC series The Story of Britain. A compilation of animated shorts that bring the history of Britain to life. Exploring from the Mesolithic period to the Domesday Book, we meet families who shaped the \'Story of Britain\'. These films are designed to help children understand the chronology of history.

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Teaching History?

This clip could be used as an introduction to life in the Middle Stone Age. Ask students what they know about life in Mesolithic Britain. Pupils can make a list of the food people ate and the tools and weapons mentioned in the clip. How might they find out more about these? As there is no written evidence from the period, who could tell them if the facts used in making this clip are accurate? Encourage students to research Mesolithic sites near them. Do these sites tell us similar things to the clip? Are there any differences? Can they explain these? Encourage students to complete their report using this \'starter\': ʺI think life in Mesolithic Britain was... Because...ʺ

This will be relevant for teaching History at KS2 or Second Level (Scotland).

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