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Classroom Activity: The Bronze Age

Explore what life was like during the Bronze Age in Ireland using these curriculum-linked activity sheets in the classroom. 

Use the 'Summer Sun Discs' activity sheet to find out about these gold objects made during the Bronze Age in Ireland and decorate your own in the classroom. Find out more about life in Bronze Age Ireland using the Bronze Age wordsearch and see if you can find all the words. 

To find out more about the Bronze Age in Ireland, check out the Museum's Prehistoric Ireland exhibition and Ór - Ireland's Gold exhibition. 


Activity at a glance

Level: 3rd to 6th Class
Format: Printable activity sheet to be used in the classroom
Duration: Each activity can take 30-45 minutes
Availability: Online – please click link below to download PDF of activity 

Activity Sheets 

Summer Sun Discs
Discover more about gold Sun Discs dating to the Bronze Age. 

The Bronze Age Wordsearch
Learn more about the Bronze Age in Ireland and see if you can find all of the words.
Wordsearch Solutions 


Curriculum Links

SESE History

Working as an Historian
Time and Chronology / Using Evidence / Change and Continuity / Cause and Effect / Synthesis and Communications / Empathy

Stories from the lives of the people in the past 

Early Peoples and Ancient Societies
Stone Age peoples / Bronze Age peoples

Continuity and Change Over Time
Communications / Literature, Arts, Crafts, and Culture


Other Curriculum Links

SESE Geography
A Sense of Place and Space / Maps, Globes, and Graphical Skills / Human Environments

SESE Science
Living Things / Materials / Environmental Awareness and Care

Visual Arts
Concepts / Drawing


Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater understanding of the lives and society of people in the Bronze Age in Ireland.

  • Find out what archaeology and artefacts can tell us about how people lived in Ireland during the Bronze Age.  

  • Learn more about the gold artefacts people made and used in the Bronze Age, and what they tell us about their religion and beliefs. 

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