• Pre Historic Britain
  • Pre Historic Britain
  • Pre Historic Britain
  • Pre Historic Britain
  • Pre Historic Britain

Pre-historic Britain

Pre-historic Britain

Service Pack: Available with USO

Subject: Art Geography History Mathematics Science

Understanding the Pre-history of Britain using Augmented Reality.

New to the National Curriculum in 2014, prehistory has never formally been taught at primary level before. This presents a unique challenge to teachers, as it spans a vast period of time (800,000 years), and unlike many other eras, is largely lacking in incontrovertible evidence for approximately 98% of the timeline.

Using augmented reality, Prehistoric Britain: ActiveWorksheets bring this abstract period of history to life. A user with a tablet computer need simply point the camera at a trigger image to see overlaid 3D models, mini-podcasts, videos or animations. The resources not only provide key information on how prehistoric people lived and developed, but also provoke discussion of evidence and act as a primer for historical thinking and analysis.

There are four components to the resource

1. ActiveWorksheets covering ten themes:

  • Prehistory timeline
  • Hunter Gatherer
  • Tools and Technology
  • Home and Habitat
  • Farming
  • Circles of Stone
  • Living Together
  • Prehistoric Art
  • Death and Burial
  • Neanderthal

Prehistoric Britain: ActiveWorksheets are designed as a multi-purpose resource targeting teachers unfamiliar with this new subject area, as well as pupils who are being introduced not only to new historical knowledge, but also to challenging historical concepts of the timeline. The interactive elements (trigger-image artefacts) can be used in a variety of ways, including lesson plans, pupil work, displays, virtual museums, or for sending home to parents and carers. Trigger images are available for download from the microsite.

2. Prehistoric Britain ActiveLens app (iOS and Android) to activate the augmented-reality artefacts.

3. Prehistoric Britain microsite, providing full access to the resources, detailed teacher guidance and an activity guide.

4. 3D Printing

A further level of innovation is offered in that a selection of the virtual artefacts can be downloaded and recreated with a 3D printer, transforming the virtual into the physical. This provides an opportunity for pupils to handle and display facsimile artefacts (no 3D printer is required, as files can be printed at low cost via online portals). 3D printing is an emerging technology and almost exclusively a STEM activity, but by providing this functionality, LGfL is helping to make the technology relevant to other areas of the curriculum.

Prehistoric Britain: ActiveWorksheets bring a difficult and sometimes abstract subject area to life, in a period rife with misconception, assumption and outdated analysis. The resource combines current understanding of the period with an important take on historical thinking and evidence. Delivered to pupils in an innovative and exciting way, this transforms moments of awe into powerful learning opportunities.

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  • Downloading and editing of photographs and text for educational use within the school community, including viewing by students' parents
  • Downloading and editing photographs and text for educational use within the school community, including viewing by students' parents – but with access restricted to the school community, controlled by TRUSTnet USO login
  • Creation of new educational material using elements from this and other TRUSTnet learning resources

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  • Downloading and re–editing of video resources
  • Republishing of any material in a different hosting environment or format
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Optimised for mobile devices

This resource has been optimised for mobile devices including iPads and iPhones. To utilise the full functionality of this resource – licenced users will need to download the relevant 'App' from the Apple store or equivalent for Android devices.

The links to the relevant APP's are provided within the resource.