Stone Age to Iron Age Britain - UKS2

Block C - From hunter-gatherers to farmers

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 the course of events that might have led Stone-Age people to move from hunting and gathering to farming. Demonstrate your knowledge to other children through performance and an informative display.

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 the Mesolithic

Research the fascinating Mesolithic hunter-gatherer way of life.

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02: Focus on Star Carr

Focus on the Mesolithic settlement Star Carr; design a model and role-play a day in the life of the Star Carr people.

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03: Origins of agriculture

Learn about the origins of agriculture and its spread to Britain.

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04: Focus on Skara Brae

Research the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae; design a model and role-play a day in the life of the people.

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05: Design and build Star Carr or Skara Brae

Build and evaluate a model of either Star Carr or Skara Brae.

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06: Hunter-gatherers to farmers display

Make an informative display of your models for other children; role-play the course of events that might have led to hunter-gatherers taking up farming.