Some revision of the past, a game and a quiz

Cruelty to children in the state education system...

Dear 7B,
At some stage in their lives, all students are cruelly confined in a darkened room and forced to write almost non-stop for 48 minutes, without recourse to books, without help from their teacher and without any electronic gadgets to aid them.

Requests for toilet visits, drinks and any kind of nutrition are denied them.

While they work like slaves for a harsh taskmaster (or mistress), they are watched by a woman of uncertain age and intimidating appearance, who wanders around the room, admonishing them and urging them on. Sometimes her encouragement is almost harder to bear than the ordeal itself.

This gruesome test of courage and perseverance is called a test. Tests give high school teachers a little score to write in their markbooks and show to parents on parent-teacher night. Tests are a bitter reminder that education is not just about learning but also about getting little numbers allotted to your name on the roll.

The week after next you will be completing one of these daunting tasks. That’s why I’m giving you a couple of friendly little revision tasks to do, as well as a link to a BBC game on mummification.

The games will be fun. But don’t forget, the test will be horrid, unless you use the games to ace the test, keep that mean old woman happy and show the Education Department, once and for all, what you’re made of. Play hard. Try to remember everything. Good luck.

Kind regards from Ms Green


Next, a little quiz on ancient Egypt.

Lastly, you can visit the wonderful BBC website and play Mummy Maker. In this game, you can learn by making mistakes as well as by not making them. I love games like that.
Mummy Maker Game

Revision for test on Wednesday 17 August

Hi, 7B!

I’ve just written your test.

♦First of all, you’ll need to write some definitions. ALL the definitions are words from the quizlet below, but I’m not telling you which ones.

Well, I don’t want it to be too easy!

♦Then there are some matching exercises. You know, I give you 8 words and 8 definitions and ask you to match them up. Embarrassingly easy. Those words are also from the quizlet below.

♦You’ll also need to be able to define and give an example of a primary source and a secondary source.

♦There are a few questions I’m not going to reveal to you, but I advise you to do the Stone Age Quiz a couple of times and, most important of all, to read my little remarks after you’ve answered the questions. That should help you. (That quiz is in the right-hand sidebar, in case you need it.)

♦You’ll need to be able to say which century a specific date is attached to – for instance, you should be able to say that, since you were born in 1998, you were born in the 20th century. That can be a tiny bit tricky. Revise it in your textbook.

♦The other task you will have to do is put a number of dates into chronological order – from the longest ago to the most recent. A cinch!

Now that you’ve read this, you’ll know what to revise.

So what are you waiting for?

Kind regards from

Ms Green


PS Don’t forget to check out all your timelines in the post below this one. 

Test topics for revision

Stone Age bubble man

Dear 7X,

Your first test for History will not be an ordeal, I promise. My little Stone Age man is being much more critical than I deserve. Besides, I may be old, but I don’t have quite the authority of a tribal elder…

The topics below will help you to prepare for the test. You should also concentrate on the class work in the next few days, before you go on camp next week.

Kind regards,

Ms Green.



◦The Stone Age (use the quizzes on this blog to help you revise).

◦The life and death of the Neanderthals; comparisons between them and homo sapiens (us)

Summary: The Neanderthals appeared about 300,000 years ago and died out about 35,000 years ago. Their brains were larger than ours; they were strong and well-adapted to the ice ages; they made tools and they were effective hunters. Perhaps most interesting of all, they buried their dead and looked after the old and infirm. YET they did not survive.

Modern humans, called homo sapiens (wise or knowing man [person]) developed more sophisticated tools than the Neanderthals did. They were the first to create art works as far as we know.  They are generally believed to have developed more complex language skills than Neanderthals. They are the only hominid to farm and learn to write, but they did not begin to do so until long after the Neanderthals had become extinct. For most of their history (that’s our prehistory!) they were hunter-gatherers. That period and lifestyle lasted for almost 2 million years.

The Old Stone Age (hunting and gathering) and the New Stone Age (farming and herding)

◦The hunter-gatherer lifestyle that dominated human life from 2 million years ago until about 10.000 years ago, and continued in many parts of the world for much longer

Summary: People moved from place to place. In other words, they were nomads, who followed the migrating herds of wild animals and moved around to find wild plants. They hunted wild animals for meat and gathered wild foods such as berries, nuts, fruits, vegetables and eggs, using stone tools and weapons. Their lives would have been harsh and difficult at times.  They had to find food during the Ice Ages, suffer fractures and injuries caused by hunting and deal with constant uncertainties about food, especially in the less fertile areas.

◦The farming and herding lifestyle that began to develop in the New Stone Age; advantages and disadvantages of each kind of lifestyle

Domesticated for 10,000 years, woolly and, in this one's case, exceptionally friendly - photo taken by my sister Barb and used with her permission
Domesticated for 10,000 years, woolly and, in this one's case, exceptionally friendly - photo taken by my sister Barb and used with her permission

Summary: Farming and herding began about 10,000 years ago in the Middle East and spread inexorably from there to Europe. It also began independently in Asia and the Americas a little later. It changed human societies and lifestyles in many ways. For instance, people could stay in one place and gradually build larger settlements.  People’s jobs began to vary more within more complex societies, with specialists such as builders, potters and leaders, etc. People began to have more possessions, which needed to be protected from theft and conquest. Since the land was being farmed intensively, it could support a denser population. In short, this change to farming and herding, many anthropologists believe, was the basis for more structured and more hierarchical societies.

Primary and secondary sources in history

We shall be covering this topic in class this week. We shall also be learning about archaeological methods, and there will be some questions on the test based on Ötzi, the iceman mummy.

Suggested revision: Can you answer all the questions on page 16 of your Stone Age booklet?