Stone Age to Iron Age Britain - UKS2

Block G - Hill forts

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.

Understanding the range of hill forts and their significance in Iron Age society. Investigate one hill fort in detail and produce a reconstruction drawing or model of a hill fort.

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 hill forts

Learn about the background of hill forts. Use maps to identify some well-known and local hill forts.

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02: Were hill forts on hills?

Make a 3D contour model of a map section with a hill fort.

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03: Looking at an example of a hill fort

Research into life in Danebury in the Iron Age and find hill forts using grid references.

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04: How do we know what the inside of a hill fort was like?

Use a plan from an archaeological dig to draw or model a structure.

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05: Visit your local hill fort

Take part in real fieldwork at a hill fort.

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06: Create a display about hill forts

Make or draw a reconstruction of a hill fort, including physical geography features and interior details.