Block H - Iron Age art and culture
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.
Prepare for an Iron Age Tribal meeting to discuss the impending invasion of the Roman Army. Research the resources, designs, beliefs, totems, clothing and jewellery of the Iron Age people and make tunics, belts, animal totem designs and jewellery to wear.
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.
The children research the resources of Iron Age people and create Iron Age shoes from leather and thread.
A session researching and then making Iron Age bangles and jewellery.
The children study the clothing of the Iron Age and then make their own Iron Age tunics and belts.
In this session the children explore the Iron Age tribal names and totem animals and design an authentic totem animal ready for the Tribal meeting.
The children gain an insight into Iron Age life through recreating a tribal meeting, dressed in authentic clothing and jewellery, to discuss the impending Roman Army invasion.