Block F - Culture and Art
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 fascinating culture and art of prehistoric people. Research art and music in prehistory; make Ice Age art and replica art objects from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages; make replica musical instruments; take part in an improvised performance using the musical instruments you have made and present your work in an assembly.
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 a cave in the classroom decorated with art. What could the art mean?
Research Palaeolithic art and paint and sculpt as Ice Age artists would have. Make and play a Stone Age flute.
Find out that there was a taboo about depicting humans in the Neolithic art, and learn how to carve replica objects. Make and play replica drums.
Research Bronze Age artistic expression on metalwork and make replicas. Make replica Bronze Age horns and play them.
Research Iron Age artistic expression in metalwork and make replicas. Convert their Bronze Age horns into carnyxes.
Take part in an improvised performance of their prehistoric instruments for an assembly.