history: stone age


Inspired by the cave paintings at Lascaux, the children in my Year 5 class created their own Stone Age art.

Having spent a lesson studying prehistoric animals through drawing, I then asked them to screw up a piece of brown or orange sugar paper and flatten it out again, to create a rocky surface.  They went on to create hunting scenes and animal studies using chalk pastels and charcoal.

cave painting 3

Finally, they placed their hands around the corners of their art work and I sprayed over the top using a plant sprayer filled with watered down paint.  This gave an interesting hand print effect, as found in some Stone Age art.

Cave painting 1

cave painting 4


The children used rounded knives to carve clay into Stone Age tool shapes as found in the Palaeolithic and Neolithic ages.

tools black

Neolithic tools were more sophisticated, with handles, so my pupils went to our school garden to collect sticks to attach to their ‘flints’ with string.

tools orange