This term we our topic will be Tribal Tales

Let’s travel back to prehistoric times! 

This half term we’re going to prepare for our visit to the prehistoric site of Flag Fen by studying maps and researching online. Through our research, we’ll learn about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. 

What were people’s daily lives like and what epic battles did they fight? 

Using techniques such as cutting, scraping and mark making, we’ll make Stone Age tools. We’ll look closely at cave paintings and create our own. As we learn about the Bronze Age, we’ll build monuments and investigate their shadows. In science, we’ll plant grains and learn about plant life cycles. Copying the Beaker folk style, we’ll make clay containers. Then, we’ll travel to the Iron Age to learn about hill forts and the properties of iron. We’ll also make Iron Age jewellery. 

During an exploratory dig, we’ll find all sorts of objects and creatures. What will we uncover? 

At the end of the ILP, we’ll write performance poetry to insult our enemies! We’ll use the internet to research the beliefs of ancient Britons, and hold a ‘Ancient British Gods and Goddesses day’.

Help your child prepare for their project!

It’s amazing to think that Stone Age people were alive 2.5 million years ago! As they used to paint on walls, why not create a painting on an old roll of wallpaper or a smooth stone from the garden? You could also visit your local library to research the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age history of your local area. Alternatively, visit a site from one of these time periods and imagine what it would have been like to live there.

Useful Website: Tribal Tales 

British Prehistory – BBC History

Background information on Stonehenge, Britain’s tribes, death, burial, archaeological sites and artefacts.

The Stone Age

Stone Age picture library – Natural History Museum

A useful range of images of Stone Age artefacts.

Happisburgh – The earliest humans in northern Europe – The British Museum

Details of early Stone Age sites discovered on England’s Norfolk coast.

The Stone Age – National Museums Northern Ireland

Background information on the Middle Stone Age and New Stone Age with information about finds from Ireland.

Hands on History: a day in a life if a 10-year-old in the Stone Age – BBC History

A two-minute video about life in the Late Stone Age – useful for showing children.

Stone Age living – Ancient Craft

A good resource aimed at older children and adults that provides lots of information, images and descriptions of homes, clothing and family life.

Visit Skara Brae – Historic Environment Scotland

Gives an overview of Skara Brae and information on how and when you can visit the site

The Bronze Age

The Bronze Age – The British Museum

Background information and downloadable resources.

Bronze Age image bank – The British Museum

A useful bank of images of artefacts suitable for showing in class.

Bronze Age – National Museums Northern Ireland

Background information on Bronze Age tools, weapons, gold jewellery, pottery, beads and flint arrowheads.

Bronze Age Britain – BBC History

Useful overview of the Bronze Age, aimed at older children and adults. Includes information about the Beaker People.

The Early Bronze Age – Young Archaeologists’ Club

Shows facts about the Bronze Age 

The Iron Age

Overview: Iron Age – BBC History

Covers the period between 800 BC and AD 43 and includes a section about ‘bog bodies’. Aimed at more able readers and adults, but can be easily adapted.

The Iron Age – BBC History

Includes important facts about the Iron Age, including land use and farming, burial practice, use of iron, structures and sites plus images of artefacts.

Iron Age – National Museums Northern Ireland

Background information on Iron Age metalwork and art.

Life in an Iron Age Village – BBC History

Detailed information, useful for teachers to adapt to suit children’s reading abilities.

How did Iron Age people live? - BBC Bitesize

Information about how Iron Age people lived during daily life.

Iron Age Celts – BBC Wales

A child-friendly site with interactive elements. Children can ‘dig up the past’ and look inside a round house.