Stone Age to Iron Age

Stone Age Boy

Satoshi Kitamura

This engaging picture book tells the story of a boy who falls down a hole to find himself back in time 15,000 years.
He wakes in a prehistoric camp and finds out about life in a Stone Age village.

 

Stone Age Boy is a hugely popular book with lower KS2 classes and is a great way of encouraging children to engage with how life might have been different during Stone Age times.

There is also an accompanying literacy unit available

Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

Raymond Briggs

A comic style book in which Ug lives with his parents during the Stone Age. Raymond Briggs uses imaginative humour to detail the challenges of prehistoric life including stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers!
 
Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age is a popular text that provides a great gateway into debate and discussions about how fair a portrayal of Stone Age people as basic and primitive might actually be. This book is highly recommended if you are looking for a humorous text to appeal to boys.

Stig of the Dump

Clive King

Stig of the Dump is a classic children's novel about a young boy called Barney who encounters a strange cave dwelling creature called Stig. Stig takes Barney on a series of fantastic adventures into prehistoric times.

This text is superb as a class reader or for a literacy unit. There is also an accompanying Read & Respond (click to see on Amazon) book to help with planning. 

The Stone Age: Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths

Marcia Williams

Marcia Williams embraces the Stone Age topic with her distinctive comic-book style. This informative text covers a range of sub-topics including prehistoric animals, hunter-gathers and Stone Age tools. This is a book with a high level of visual appeal and is particularly popular for engaging reluctant readers.

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley

A fun and quirky picture book doubling as an instruction manual for the 'mammoth' task of washing this prehistoric beast. This is a humorous and creative text and a brilliant way into instruction writing.

You may also like the How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth planning pack from KS2History. 

Skara Brae

Dawn Finch

This informative non-fiction text covers the topic of Skara Brae, a prehistoric settlement in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. The site was discovered by archaeologists after a storm in 1850 and the remains of the village give important clues about what life was like during the Stone Age. This information book is well-pitched for KS2 and includes colour photographs that show how the findings help to explain life during the Stone Age.

The Boy with the Bronze Axe

Kathleen Fidler

If you are looking for a class text about the Bronze Age, this is the one for you. Set in the Scottish settlement of Skara Brae, The Boy with the Bronze Axe has a story line filled with exciting challenges and mysteries. Perfect for confident readers or as a class novel.

Defenders: Pitch Invasion

Tom Palmer

In the ‘Defenders’ series, best-selling author Tom Palmer brings together his passions for football and history in haunting stories that are ‘super-readable’ due to their accessible layout including a dyslexia-friendly font and tinted paper. In this story, a boy called Seth encounters visions of severed heads raised high on spikes surrounding an Iron Age hill fort. Seth discovers that the heads were a means of keeping intruders out of the hill fort in Iron Age times and must find a way to face the horrors of the past that echo through the ages. 

Check out our recent blog post about the Defenders series to find out more.

Stone Age Tablet

Andrew Langley

Written in the form of a newspaper, this fun book is packed with information about different aspects of prehistoric life. Articles include 'What's So Great About Iron?', an interview with a flintknapper, homes for sales, fashion updates and adverts for hunting lessons. 

The Archers of Isca

Caroline Lawrence

This is a great book for upper KS2 that explores in detail life in Iron Age Britain. The Archers of Isca is the second of Caroline Lawrence’s four Roman Quests stories, which follow the adventures of a group of siblings who are forced to run away from Emperor Domitian in Rome and settle in Roman Britain. Despite the name, there is a great cross-over covered here between the Roman topic and the KS2 topic of Iron Age Britain, as in this story we visit Iron Age villages and explore tribal culture. 

 

Also featured on: Reading For Pleasure Blog

Wolf Brother

Michelle Paver

This gripping children's novel takes us back in time 6000 years as twelve year old Torak and his wolf cub journey through the prehistoric landscape.
Wolf Brother is a real page-turner that uses the structure of an adventure story and majors on the theme of good versus evil in a prehistoric setting. Highly recommended for more confident readers, this also works well as a gripping class novel to link to your Stone Age topic.

The Secrets of Stonehenge

Mick Manning & Brita Granström

The Secrets of Stonehenge is a fascinating information text full of images, questions and captions that probe deeply into the mysteries of Stonehenge. This engaging non-fiction text is easy to understand and bursting with interesting facts and theories.

The History Detective Investigates: Stone Age to Iron Age

Clare Hibbert

An accessible information text designed especially for the 2014 National Curriculum, this is a text pitched for teachers and pupils of lower KS2. Taking an investigative approach to history, The History Detective Investigates Stone Age to Iron Age examines key questions and pieces of evidence from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages in order to build a picture of life in prehistoric times.

Stone Circles

Dawn Finch

This non-fiction text written by school literacy consultant Dawn Finch, explores the topic of prehistoric Stone Circles. Find out who was behind the construction of stone circles, where they are located, how the builders managed to move such enormous blocks of stone and why these ancient monuments were built in the first place.

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Stone Age Boy Satoshi Kitamura This engaging picture book tells the story of a boy who falls down a hole to find himself back in time 15,000 years. He wakes in a prehistoric camp and finds out about life in a Stone Age village. Stone Age Boy is a hugely popular book with lower KS2 classes and is a great way of encouraging children to engage with how life might have been different during Stone Age times. There is also an accompanying literacy unit available. Buy on Amazon Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age Raymond Briggs A comic style book in which Ug lives with his parents during the Stone Age. Raymond Briggs uses imaginative humour to detail the challenges of prehistoric life including stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age is a popular text that provides a great gateway into debate and discussions about how fair a portrayal of Stone Age people as basic and primitive might actually be. This book is highly recommended if you are looking for a humorous text to appeal to boys. Buy on Amazon Stig of the Dump Clive King Stig of the Dump is a classic children's novel about a young boy called Barney who encounters a strange cave dwelling creature called Stig. Stig takes Barney on a series of fantastic adventures into prehistoric times. This text is superb as a class reader or for a literacy unit. There is also an accompanying Read & Respond (click to see on Amazon) book to help with planning. Buy on Amazon The Stone Age: Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths Marcia Williams Marcia Williams embraces the Stone Age topic with her distinctive comic-book style. This informative text covers a range of sub-topics including prehistoric animals, hunter-gathers and Stone Age tools. This is a book with a high level of visual appeal and is particularly popular for engaging reluctant readers. Buy on Amazon How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley A fun and quirky picture book doubling as an instruction manual for the 'mammoth' task of washing this prehistoric beast. This is a humorous and creative text and a brilliant way into instruction writing. You may also like the How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth planning pack from KS2History. Buy on Amazon Skara Brae Dawn Finch This informative non-fiction text covers the topic of Skara Brae, a prehistoric settlement in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. The site was discovered by archaeologists after a storm in 1850 and the remains of the village give important clues about what life was like during the Stone Age. This information book is well-pitched for KS2 and includes colour photographs that show how the findings help to explain life during the Stone Age. Buy on Amazon The Boy with the Bronze Axe Kathleen Fidler If you are looking for a class text about the Bronze Age, this is the one for you. Set in the Scottish settlement of Skara Brae, The Boy with the Bronze Axe has a story line filled with exciting challenges and mysteries. Perfect for confident readers or as a class novel. Buy on Amazon Defenders: Pitch Invasion Tom Palmer In the ‘Defenders’ series, best-selling author Tom Palmer brings together his passions for football and history in haunting stories that are ‘super-readable’ due to their accessible layout including a dyslexia-friendly font and tinted paper. In this story, a boy called Seth encounters visions of severed heads raised high on spikes surrounding an Iron Age hill fort. Seth discovers that the heads were a means of keeping intruders out of the hill fort in Iron Age times and must find a way to face the horrors of the past that echo through the ages. Check out our recent blog post about the Defenders series to find out more. Buy on Amazon Stone Age Tablet Andrew Langley Written in the form of a newspaper, this fun book is packed with information about different aspects of prehistoric life. Articles include 'What's So Great About Iron?', an interview with a flintknapper, homes for sales, fashion updates and adverts for hunting lessons.  Buy on Amazon The Archers of Isca Caroline Lawrence This is a great book for upper KS2 that explores in detail life in Iron Age Britain. The Archers of Isca is the second of Caroline Lawrence’s four Roman Quests stories, which follow the adventures of a group of siblings who are forced to run away from Emperor Domitian in Rome and settle in Roman Britain. Despite the name, there is a great cross-over covered here between the Roman topic and the KS2 topic of Iron Age Britain, as in this story we visit Iron Age villages and explore tribal culture. Also featured on: Reading For Pleasure Blog Buy on Amazon Wolf Brother Michelle Paver This gripping children's novel takes us back in time 6000 years as twelve year old Torak and his wolf cub journey through the prehistoric landscape. Wolf Brother is a real page-turner that uses the structure of an adventure story and majors on the theme of good versus evil in a prehistoric setting. Highly recommended for more confident readers, this also works well as a gripping class novel to link to your Stone Age topic. Buy on Amazon The Secrets of Stonehenge Mick Manning & Brita Granström The Secrets of Stonehenge is a fascinating information text full of images, questions and captions that probe deeply into the mysteries of Stonehenge. This engaging non-fiction text is easy to understand and bursting with interesting facts and theories. Buy on Amazon The History Detective Investigates: Stone Age to Iron Age Clare Hibbert An accessible information text designed especially for the 2014 National Curriculum, this is a text pitched for teachers and pupils of lower KS2. Taking an investigative approach to history, The History Detective Investigates Stone Age to Iron Age examines key questions and pieces of evidence from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages in order to build a picture of life in prehistoric times. Buy on Amazon Stone Circles Dawn Finch This non-fiction text written by school literacy consultant Dawn Finch, explores the topic of prehistoric Stone Circles. Find out who was behind the construction of stone circles, where they are located, how the builders managed to move such enormous blocks of stone and why these ancient monuments were built in the first place

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