Stone Age to Iron Age Britain - UKS2

Block B - Ice Age art

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 about Ice Age art. Experiment with different techniques and styles as you create a coffee table book all about Ice Age art, your own decorated cave, and engraved pieces of portable art – all inspired by original Ice Age art!

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.

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01: Introduction to cave paintings and engravings

Begin to learn about Ice Age art, what it looked like and what some common subjects for artwork were. Understand the time period in which this art was created.

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02: Make a cave

Learn about the caves in which Ice Age art has been preserved. Make your own geodesic cave and explore a variety of techniques for making it more realistic.

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03: Make Ice Age paint for the cave

Find out about the different ways Ice Age people created paints and colours and experiment with a variety of techniques. Use these techniques to decorate your caves.

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04: Research portable art

Discover a range of smaller, portable examples of Ice Age art. Learn about their materials and construction and discuss possible reasons for their form and creation.

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05: Make portable art

Explore a variety of techniques that can be used for making Ice Age style portable art. Use these techniques to create your own portable art.

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06: Make an exhibition

Bring together everything you have learnt to create an informative and interesting exhibition about Ice Age art.