Block A - Introduction to Stone Age to Iron Age
The Stone Age is brought to life for the children through blocks that develop their archaeological skills and vocabulary, help them to create Ice Age art, as well as through activities researching and making Stone Age homes. To understand the Bronze Age, the children find out about tool making and while making models, they explore the religious importance of Stonehenge. They go on to role-play life in an Iron Age village, explore and understand Hill Forts, before making and decorating Iron Age objects ready for a tribal meeting.
Learn how to be an archaeologist as you discover the Stone Age to Iron Age timeline, the different sources of evidence used by archaeologists, the vocabulary used by archaeologists and how to carry out a dig.
This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. We also have a Lower 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.
Children learn about and create their own timelines covering ancient history and learn about the timescales involved.
Children learn about the difficulties in investigating prehistory and work together to evaluate sources.
Children investigate some of the special terms used in archaeology and create a dictionary to help their research.
Children plan and write the story of a piece of land and its changes over time.
Children plan, set up, and investigate their own archaeological digs!
Children bring together their learning and skills to run an archaeological conference.