Bing & Moo; a whirlwind tour of social evolution for Key Stage 1&2
Imagine you are sitting watching TV, on a nice comfy chair. ‘Crack’, the television vanishes, and ‘Thwack’, the comfy chair disappears and ‘Bump’, you are sitting on a hard, stone floor in a large, dark cave. Your nice clothes, maybe jeans and a T-shirt, are replaced by a (rather smelly) animal skin. Your entire house has vanished. In fact, all the houses in your street go, and your neighbours all share the same cave - even the grumpy old man on the corner!
Welcome to Bing’s world. A long time ago, when people lived all together in caves… children did not have play stations, televisions, not even footballs.
Bing is the youngest son of the clan leader, babied by his mother, ignored by the tribe and either bullied or patronised by his older brothers.
He constantly questions 'why'.
Who don't we have numbers? Why can't our cave-paintings have pretty flowers? Bing's questions and answers, with some help from Moo, take us on a whirlwind tour of social evolution:
Numbers and counting
Domestication of animals, and the move from hunter-gatherers to farmers
Communities and Politics, caves to houses
Clothing and appearance
Copper - money, tools... and weapons, through to bronze age
Schools! And policing
Handsome, kind but not too bright, Imbumber is Bing's older brother.
He tries to look out for Bing, but only when girls don't distract him.
Lamburger is Bing's oldest brother.
He is big, brawny and a bit of a bully - though he genuinely loves Bing and is in awe of his intelligence.
He also discovers a love of cooking, surprisingly, becoming the Clan head chef!
Imbi is the Clan elder, or wise man... or more accurately, grumpy old man.
Full of self-importance, he speaks to the Gods on behalf of the clan to keep them safe.
Oom despises him, which is just as well because he does not approve of her youngest son Bing.
Oom's best friend and Imbi's daughter.
Adi is not very clever, but is kind hearted - something that Imbi takes advantage of mercilessly.
She helps where she can, but often says the wrong thing - or just gets in the way.