Use the background notes to introduce each time period. These show how people’s lives evolved from nomadic hunter-gatherers, foraging for food and hunting for animals, to a more settled way of life and the beginnings of farming.
In the gallery the children will be able to look at displays that show what life was like for people in the prehistoric Peak District. They will be able to look at the type of clothes people would have worn, the tools they may have used and the food they may have eaten.
With Year 3 and 4 children, a great way to introduce prehistory is through the story of the Stone Age Boy, not only because it provides an introduction to Stone Age life (copies available in the gallery) but also because it introduces the idea of archaeology.
Draw attention to images of tools and clothes in the story that children will be able to see in the Wonders of the Peak gallery.
The story can lead children to examine what their school or home area might have looked like in prehistoric times. The landscape would have been forested with scrubland; no cultivated lush fields, no buildings, no telegraph poles, no traffic