How to maximise now>press>play over a half-term block: embedding the Stone Age

Our Account Manager and former primary school teacher, Emma Weatherburn, shares how you can get the most out of now>press>play by embedding an Experience across your half-term block.

Week 1: Introduce the topic

This week you’ll be introducing a new topic to the class – the Stone Age!

Play your class sound and videos which link to the Stone Age. To enhance your pupils’ listening experience, link your device to our transmitter and give your class the now>press>play headphones.

Use the Glossary to introduce new vocabulary, split into nouns, proper nouns, adjectives and verbs.

At the end of the week, build excitement by telling the children that next week they’ll be going to the Stone Age!

  • What will it be like?
  • How are they feeling?
  • Are they excited, nervous, worried etc?

“Imagine you wake up one day and there’s no electricity, no internet, no shops, no school – what would you do?” –  What if You Had to Live a Day in the Stone Age

Week 2: The Experience

Book the hall or use the playground – and do the Stone Age Experience.

Straight afterwards, use our discussion questions to get your class debating: “Are there any aspects of Stone Age living which are better than today?”.

Week 3: Quiz and Storyboard

Use our Curriculum Quiz and Storyboard to recap the story and check the learning objectives have been understood.

They could even create their own Stone Age quizzes for each other.

Week 4: Reading Comprehension

Do the Stone Age Reading Comprehension – individually, in groups or as a whole class on the whiteboard. It’s a super accessible way into a SATs-style paper, even for Years 3 & 4.

Week 5: A Big Write!

For many schools, writing is the culmination of now>press>play, resulting in inspired stories, stimulated by their direct experience.  We provide Writing Opportunities – and it’s easy to tailor them to the genre that you’re studying. 

Begin the week by scaffolding plans – either in groups or individually – before finishing with an extended write. 

During the write you can give each child a pair of headphones and play Stone Age sounds through YouTube to help with their focus. 

Week 6: Record Your Own

Give small groups a short extract from the Script to practise and perform together, promoting speaking and listening. You could also use a mic and recording device to record their performances – and listen back afterwards. 

If you have a suitable app or software, layer over your own sound or even music, which you can create as a class.

Below are some other schemes of work kindly shared by teachers using now>press>play: