The Stone Age

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By John Davisteacher and freelance writer

The Stone Age is the earliest period of pre-history included in the 2014 National Curriculum.

Hand out the Activity sheet, ‘The Stone Age’, showing a timescale of different periods that make up the Stone Age.

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Cave paintings

Although they did not have a written language as such, people during Stone Age times communicated about some of their everyday activities by painting on the walls of the caves in which they lived. Some of the best examples of their cave paintings are found at Altamira in Spain and Lascaux in France. Many cave paintings show the animals they hunted like bison, deer and auroch (wild oxen, now extinct).

Make coloured paints from natural materials like grass, red cabbage, berries, coloured earth, charcoal and chalk by crushing them in a mortar and pestle. Add a little olive oil to give it body. Shape grasses, reeds, twigs and feathers to make simple brushes.

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