What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Give out a copy of the worksheet to each group. Explain that the picture shows the type of house that was in used in the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland from the Bronze Age through to the Middle Ages.
Discuss with the class firstly what they can see in the picture. In pairs, ask them to discuss what they want to know about the picture. Each pair should note down three or four questions.
Share the questions with the group and write them up on the board or flip chart. Group similar questions together. Allow pupils one minute to discuss the questions and see if they can provide any answers.
If the class still have unanswered questions you could set a homework task for them to try and find out the answers to one or two of the questions.
Pupils will now think about how the forest might have been used by a Scottish ancestor using a think-pair-share activity.
Read out the instructions to the class at each stage of the think-pair-share.
THINK – Think, by yourself for one minute, of as many ways as you can how a Scottish ancestor a thousand years ago might have used Scottish woodland to meet their needs.
PAIR - Work together with the person next to you, sharing ideas, discussing, clarifying and challenging. If there are any duplicates try to think of another way the forest might have been used.
SHARE - Share your ideas with another pair and finalise a list of ways the people used the forest. Write down on a sheet of paper all your ideas so you are prepared to feedback to the class.
As a class each group offers an idea of how the forest might have been used by people, keep going round the class group by group and see how many times you can make it around the whole class. When a group can no longer answer, any groups that still have ideas left can share those in turn.
See Wolf Brother's Wildwoods – imaging Mesolithic life in Scotland's forests and woodlands for further ideas on exploring this history with an outdoor learning approach. This resources is available to download www.foresteducation.org/images/uploads/fcms123.pdf