Wolf Brother's Wildwoods: Mesolithic Learning Pack

Explore outdoor learning, and discover how Mesolithic people lived in harmony with nature, with this fantastic resource...

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 36

Subject: Cross Curricular

Resource Overview

Explore the Mesolithic world as described in Michelle Paver's fantastic novel 'Wolf Brother', with this unique outdoor learning resource pack. Designed to bring the Mesolithic period to life through a series of woodland and classroom learning activities, the resource encourages pupils and teachers to enjoy spending time in their local woodland. It  was created by Forestry Commision Scotland and Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland (OWL Scotland) to fit with the Scottish Curriculum of Excellence, but is equally suitable for the Key Stage 2 English Curriculum. Teachers can take a pick and mix approach to the range of activities suggested within the pack, selecting those relevant to pupils’ interests and needs, and appropriate to the local outdoor environment. Featuring elements of almost every subject in the Curriculum, this resource is definitely one to treasure!

Visit OWL Scotland's website to download the pack. 

Curriculum Objectives

  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes.
  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and peers
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
    • Ask questions to improve understanding of a text.
    • Discuss and record ideas.
    • Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retell These orally.
    • Listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction, reference books or textbooks.
    • Participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say.
    • Prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, using intonation, tone, volume and action.
  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.
    • Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, considering the impact on the reader.
    • Distinguish between statements of fact and opinion.
    • Participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenge views courteously.
    • Prepare poems and plays to read aloud and perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that meaning is clear to an audience.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
    • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
    • ​Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
    • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
  • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
    • Describe the changes as humans develop to old age.
    • Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.
    • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
  • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
    • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.
    • Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.
    • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
    • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.
  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.