History KS2: Discovering wool in Bronze Age Britain

Archaeologist Raksha Dave visits Butser Ancient Farm and learns how woollen cloth was made in the Bronze Age.

A re-enactor at the farm shows her how to use a spindle and loom, creating a set of clothes that are much warmer and more practical than those made from animal skins.

This emphasises the importance of sheep to man in the Bronze Age, even if the old breeds are very different to sheep today.

This clip is from the series Ancient Voices.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to explore technology and new ways of making clothes.

Could also be used as a comparison with factory-made woollen cloth in Victorian times.

It could also be used to explore change over time – from animal skin clothes in the Stone Age to woollen clothes in the Bronze Age.

Children could be asked how we know what these replicas looked like and they work, questioning the evidence the replicas are based on.

Children could try putting on clothing made from different materials and evaluate which are the warmest and best suited to harsh weather conditions.

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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