The Stone Age to the Iron Age

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  • The Stone Age to the Iron Age

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    British history at Key Stage 2 starts with the Stone Age. Historians and archaeologists disagree about when exactly the Stone Age started and ended, but an estimated date according to evidence is around 8-10,000 BC until 4000BC. Cheddar Man is the oldest complete human skeleton to be found in Britain,...

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  • Teaching pre-history outside the classroom

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    From a visit to a local museum or heritage site, to using bushcraft skills to give pupils first-hand experience of what it might have been like to live in ancient times, teaching prehistory outside the classroom can really give this area of the curriculum the wow factor. The inclusion of...

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  • Our Iron Age challenge

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    The University of Chichester’s three-year BA (Hons) Degree for Primary Education and Teaching involves learning how to provide rigorous and creative educational opportunities for children. The course involves one creativity module each year. The final one involves the development of skills and confidence in creating problem-solving. Four of us were...

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  • From the Iron Age to Robin Hood

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    Who lived in and changed Britain from the Iron Age to the time of Robin Hood c. 1200? ‘...if children are to ever fully appreciate history the development of historical time has to be central to our teaching methodologies' Introduction This lesson aims to provide an overview of this period, developing...

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  • Who's afraid of the Big Bad Bronze Age?

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    It’s September 1992 and in Dover archaeologists from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust are working alongside construction workers when six metres below ground they find some waterlogged planks. Thankfully, an expert in maritime archaeology is on site and he recognises that this could be a lot more than abandoned timber. Uncovering...

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  • TREE-mendous history!

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    How Forest School and Nature Play can develop the learning of historyForest School: a short history Since the nineteenth century there has been a rich heritage of outdoor learning pedagogy in Europe, and today in Scandinavia the open air culture (frulitsliv) permeates Early Years education. In 1993 Bridgewater College nursery nurses returned from a visit to...

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  • Place-names and the National Curriculum for History

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    IntroductionPlace-names, such as house or school names, are infinite in number and all around us. Every place-name may convey a message about the place. Often place-names record and celebrate local and national people, events and incidents, define what a place looked like in the past and how we used to...

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  • Iron Age Farm - Film

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    The following film takes a look at Butser Ancient Farm - a unique experimental archaeological site and a fascinating day out. Nestled into the rolling South Downs National Park, this ancient farm displays ongoing constructions of Iron Age buildings based on real sites, crops from prehistory and rare breeds of...

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  • Scheme of Work: Stone Age to Iron Age

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    Children can be introduced to the idea that people have been living in Britain for a very long time.  They can learn about the changes that occurred between the middle Stone Age [Mesolithic Times] to the Iron Age – a period of over 10,000 years! Pupils should be encouraged to...

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  • Stone Age to Iron Age - overview and depth

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    IntroductionStone Age to Iron Age covers around 10,000 years, between the last Ice Age and the coming of the Romans. Such a long period is difficult for children to imagine, but putting the children into a living time-line across the classroom might help. In one sense not a lot happens...

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  • Using the back cover image

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  • Podcast Series: From the Stone Age to the Romans

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    In this podcast Professor Richard Bradley of the University of Reading looks at Britain and Ireland from their prehistoric beginnings to the arrival of the Romans.

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  • Podcast Series: Ancient British and Irish Pagan Religion

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    In this podcast Professor Ronald Hutton of the University of Bristol looks at Ancient British and Irish Pagan Religion.

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  • Iron Age Torcs

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    The four gold neck ornaments date from between the 1st and 3rd century BC and were discovered by an amateur treasure hunter near Stirling as late asin 2009. They are exquisite examples of Iron Age craftwork. Two of them show a typical Scottish and Irish style. The others are more...

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  • Neolithic Jadeite axehead

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    Neolithic Jadeite axehead (31.48)(LBL Gallery, Objects from the Museum of London)A finely ground and polished Jadeite axehead, recovered from the Thames at Mortlake. It is of thin type with a thin pointed oval section and pointed butt. The faces are faceted at the butt end. Jadeite is a fragile stone...

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  • Prehistoric Scotland

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    Prehistory is an attempt to reconstruct the story of human societies inhabiting a given region before the full historical record opens there. Its data, furnished by archaeology, are the constructions members of such societies erected and the durable objects they made. The events which should form its subject matter naturally...

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  • Celtic Britain: the land the Romans conquered

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    Literacy was addressed throughout these lessons: introducing the text and the materials about the island, then working on the production of the travel brochure and other materials. We focused very sharply upon the idea of the travel brochure genre to communicate knowledge and understanding. These were the first two lessons...

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  • Prehistoric Bristol

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    This period is represented in the valley of the Bristol Avon by the Acheulian industries, named from the type station of St. Acheul in the Somme valley, which has yielded many ovate and pear-shaped hand-axes characteristic of the period. These industries flourished during the very long Second Interglacial phase, a...

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  • Case Study: Working with gifted and talented children at an Iron Age hill fort in north Somerset

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    Introduction: The ChallengeThe phone call was over - manna from heaven. The opportunity to work with a ‘real' archaeologist on a ‘real' Iron Age site seemed far too good to be true. The cluster of eight South Bristol schools working together to promote teaching of Pupils of Outstanding Potential jumped...

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  • Case Study: Engaging history with national trust tracker packs

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    IntroductionWhite Horse Hill in Oxfordshire is home to the famous chalk White Horse, and it has been for the last 3000 years. The history surrounding this hill, high up on the Berkshire Downs, goes back further to the Neolithic period, which means that it is oozing with history just waiting...

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