Block D - Religion and Ritual
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.
Research the development of religion in prehistory; design and build a replica Stonehenge from cheese puffs or biscuits; make replica objects to use as props; re-enact possible scenes from prehistoric religious ceremonies; and make a video/audio lecture about the development of religion in prehistory.
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.
Learn about religious beliefs in prehistory and why a totem pole has appeared in the classroom/field.
Explore the evidence that suggest some people in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic probably pretended or believed that they could turn into animals and back again. Make props and improvise a scene.
Learn about how Stonehenge developed over 1500 years and how and why it was built. Find out whether there are any other monuments like Stonehenge from the Neolithic. Devise and make a replica Stonehenge from biscuits.
Find out how religion changed over the course of the Bronze Age, from sun to water worship, and how we know. Make replica decoration or tools and re-enact a possible scene from the Bronze Age.
Research whether the druids were real, and, if so, what they did. Debate the results of research and then re-enact a possible druidic ritual.
Make a video or audio lecture or discussion about the development of religion in prehistory, with some re-enactments to help viewers understand.