We discussed what an Iron Age roundhouse looked like and background information about them.
We found out that the Celtic tribes lived in scattered villages. They lived in roundhouses with thatched roofs of straw or heather. The walls of their houses were made from local material. Houses in the south tended to be made from wattle (woven wood) and daub (straw and mud) as there was an ample supply of wood from the forests. The houses had no windows and the roof was made from straw with mud placed on top to keep the warmth in. The Celts would light a fire in the middle of the roundhouse for cooking and heating and smoke from the fire escaped through a hole in the roof. Animals were often kept inside the house at night too.
Then the children followed instructions to make their own. They thought about units of measure because they had to carefully use a ruler to measure the straws to different lengths.