History KS2: Iron Age daily life

What was it like to live in the Iron Age, and how do we know? Where does our information come from?

Partly from archaeological evidence, but also from ‘experimental’ archaeology, where re-enactors build roundhouses and try to live as they think Iron Age people did.

At Butser Ancient Farm there are houses and beds, even toilets – but, as even the experts admit, the evidence is uncertain.

This clip is from the series Ancient Voices.

Teacher Notes

Ask pupils to come up with a diary detailing their life in Iron Age Britain. How would they spend their days?

A poster could be created illustrating some of the activities, and be presented to the class.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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