2.5 million years of historical learning in the comfort of your school
Pupils will learn ..
About the features of the Paleolithic period
About the effect of the discovery of fire
This lesson covers a massive period and you can spend a lot more time on it if you prefer. There are many art activities on the net involving models of villages and stone tools etc. if you search for “Stone Age primary art”.
Introduction: Paleolithic recap
Remind pupils that the Paleolithic had the following features:
•2.5m to 10,000 BC in Britain (varies in other parts of the world)
•Human evolution – different species of human
•Came to Britain over land bridge in 1m BC
•Very basic flint tools
•Discovery of fire around 125,000 BC (and possibly earlier)
Briefly cover the impact of these events, explaining how humans separated into different species because they were isolated all over the world; how the land bridge between Britain and Europe allowed them to settle here; how they used stone to hunt and kill animals; and how the discovery of fire meant they banded together more and were able to cook food and keep warm.
Possible activity 1: (Literacy/art) Cavepeople Cartoon strip
Ask pupils to create cartoon strip of the discovery of fire and the effect it has on a family (stick men are fine if pupils struggle to draw people
Possible activity 2: (ICT) Research early humans
Ask pupils to do some internet or book research on the different species of early humans such as Homo Floriensis and Homo Habilis – can they feedback the features to the class?
Possible activity 3: (Science/ICT) Research Stone Age beasts
Ask pupils to split into pairs to find as many examples of Stone Age beasts that they can either on the net or in books e.g. mammoths, sabre tooth tigers, woolly rhinos
Possible activity 4: (Drama) Fire!
Work in groups to come up with a non-speaking (but grunts allowed) story of fire being discovered then show this to the rest of the class.
Come back together for feedback as a class and list any facts you have discovered about the Paleolithic period.