Block C - Technology, Tools and Inventions
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.
Learn about the amazing development of technology and inventions from the Stone Age to the Iron Age and speculate why these changes came about. Make a museum of replicas of inventions made in prehistory including prehistoric pots, and try an alternative to bronze-casting and iron-forgingmaking your own collection of edible prehistoric tools from sugar rock, chocolate and pastry.Finally, report your work using digital technology.
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.
Sort through objects to work out which of them was invented in prehistory. Find out when and where in prehistory certain inventions were made and add them to a timeline.
Find out different ways to make fire, and devise a safe experiment with magnesium. Learn about the first stone tools and make replicas from potatoes, chocolate or sugar rock.
Learn about the invention of pottery and make replica pots. Devise an experiment to test how long it takes to polish a stone axe.
Find out how bronze is made and devise a way to safely replicate casting a bronze tool from chocolate, ice or jelly. Make replica bronze tools or gold jewellery from gold foil.
Devise a way to twist, fold and flatten dough to make sword or spearhead shapes with pattern welds, like Iron Age weapons. Make replica weapons with silver foil.
Write a report about all the scientific experiments carried out and the results.