History KS2: New Stone Age (animation)

An introduction to life in Neolithic Britain through the eyes of a typical family as they attempt to hunt and farm enough food to live on.

Around 6,500 years ago, a change took place in the way people lived: hunter-gatherers settled in one place and kept animals and grew crops, although they still hunted wild animals when the chance presented itself.

They adopted new ways of burying their dead, building longbarrows on hilltops as a final resting place for bones.

Technology began to change people's lives.

This is from the series: The Story of Britain

Teacher Notes

Could be used to introduce life in Neolithic Britain.

What was 'new' about the New Stone Age?

Pupils could be asked to make a list of the ways life in the New Stone Age was different to life in the Mesolithic period: did it change a little or a lot?

Does grandad in the clip think it has changed for the better or the worse? What do you think?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be suitable for teaching History at KS2 in England, Foundation Phase and KS2 in Wales, KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland.

Also Early 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from the series: The Story of Britain

The Vikings
Bronze Age Britain
Iron Age Britain
Domesday Book
Anglo-Saxon Britain
The Normans
Roman Britain
Boudica and the Roman Invasion
Middle Stone Age