The Stone Age was the earliest period of human history. It is called the Stone Age because the people made tools and weapons out of stone. The period began over two million years ago and was divided into the Old, Middle and New Stone Age.
Teach your children about the Stone Age using our handy topic guide!
- Try out our ideas for a themed Stone Age Day.
- Use these ideas inspired by the books Stone Age Boy, Ug, and Boy.
- Scroll down this Red Ted Art page to find out how to make a Stone Age axe from papier-mâché.
- Try out some cave painting!
- Create your own Stone Age webpage like this super one from Unsworth Primary School.
- Download our Early Human History Pack for plenty of information and activity / display resources.
- Use our Stone Age fact cards to find out more about this fascinating time in human history.
- Our images can be used as writing prompts and discussion starters across the curriculum.
- Our printable lettering is perfect for your classroom displays.
- This amazing resource contains resources and teaching notes. It is designed for EAL learners and is suitable for native English speakers.
Stone Age Knowledge Organiser
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Stone Age Facts
- The Stone Age gets its name from the fact that, during this time, people used stone tools. It began over two million years ago and ended when people learned how to make tools and weapons from metal.
- Dogs were first domesticated during the Mesolithic period, to help with hunting and provide protection for humans.
- The Stone Age is divided into three periods, The Old Stone Age (Paleolithic), the Middle Stone Age (Mesolithic) and the New Stone Age (Neolithic).
- The last Ice Age occurred during the Stone Age, at the end of the Paleolithic Age.
The Middle Stone Age
This BBC video follows a hunter-gatherer family through Mesolithic times.
Running time: 7:46
Life in the New Stone Age
This video from the BBC explores changes in Neolithic Britain as a family change from hunter-gatherers to farmers.
Running time: 6:39
KS2 Prehistory – Stone Age flint knapping
Join the Museum of London to learn more about Flint Napping.
Running time: 3.38
How To Make Prehistoric Pottery
This English Heritage video shows the skills and techniques used to make Stone Age pottery.
Running time: 5:18
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Join Marcia Williams on a journey to the Stone Age. Meet the people of Clan Woolly as they hunt mammoths and reindeer, learn how to make fire, invent stone tools and turn wild wolves into tame dogs!
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