Block A - Introduction to Stone Age to Iron Age Britain
Children learn about life in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, a period covering a million years of history. As well as understanding the chronology of this fascinating time, children will learn about the food, religion, homes, technology and art and how each of these areas developed and changed over time and how amazing developments occurred from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
Investigate how we know about Britain’s prehistory and make a basic timeline with the main dates of the periods in Stone Age to Iron Age Britain. Take part in a mock investigation, participate in class debates, create group timelines, play matching games and be inspired to write some powerful non-fiction writing.
This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. We also have an Upper Key Stage 2 Topic on Stone Age to Iron Age which is suited to that age range in its outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as National Curriculum objectives. If you want to use this material for any other age range, you will need to consider how to adapt it appropriately.
Carry out a mock investigation to find out how we know about Stone Age to Iron Age Britain.
Make a basic timeline with the main dates of the periods in Stone Age to Iron Age Britain marked on it.
Learn about the Stone Age, add some details to that bit of the timeline, and find out what makes the Neolithic so different from the rest of the Stone Age.
Learn about the Bronze Age and add detail to the timeline. Write a report exploring what life might have been like for someone in the Bronze Age.
Learn about the Iron Age and add detail to the timeline. Debate what hillforts were for.
Write a non-fiction piece about prehistory explaining things that have been learned during this block.