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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Y4 Term 4 Bronze and Iron Age

National curriculum content

To know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. To understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Lesson objectives

1: To understand some of the improvements brought about by the use of bronze.

2: To understand the importance of artefacts.

3: To assess the achievement of the Iron Age.

4: To know what houses and home life was like in the Bronze and Iron Age.

5: To understand the dangers facing people in Bronze and Iron Age Britain.

6: To show key features of the Bronze and Iron Ages.


What we want children to know

  • Identify and sequence key features of the Bronze and Iron Ages
  • Explain the most significant features of the Bronze and Iron Ages
  • List and explain the reasons for similarities and differences between the Bronze and Iron Ages
  • Explain the main changes and developments that occurred during this period
  • How bronze is made and why was this discovery important


 What skills we want children to develop

  • The methods of historical enquiry
  • Using artefacts to make educated assumptions, and understand why historian’s claims and ideas may differ
  • An understanding of chronological narrative



Bronze, iron, hoard, hill fort, artefact, smelting, roundhouse, archaeologist, tribe, settlement