Block E - Homes and Everyday Life
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 development of homes and settlements from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Investigate life as a villager. Research daily tasks, recreate houses, weave with wool, and share learning with others using whole-class role-play.
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.
Find materials for a replica home in the class/on the field and reconstruct it. Discover what evidence archaeologists use to reconstruct buildings or settlements.
Investigate reconstructed hunter-gatherer homes. Design and make a model hunter-gatherer home and learn how to make cordage.
Research what Neolithic homes looked like and design and make a model Neolithic home.
Research the Bronze Age settlement at Must Farm and make replica objects from the site to use as props in a 'freeze the scene' photograph. Also learn how to weave.
Research Iron Age roundhouses in order to design and make model roundhouses. Learn about and how to do wattling.
Take part in a whole-class role-play of a village in prehistory.