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Celts for kids KS2

The Celts KS2

The Celts KS2 for kids learning at Primary School. Homework help on the history of Celts, the Iron Age facts, Celtic life and Boudicca.

Time: 800BC - 50AD

Who were the Celts?

The Celts were made up of many different tribes, but their way of life was very similar. Living through the Iron Age period, they grew from mid-Europe and slowly spread out over much of the rest of Europe.

The Iron Age

BBC - The Celts HistoryBBC - Iron Age
A fun interactive site with stories and games. View their fact file and Celtic crafts.
Castell HenllysCastell Henllys
Step back in time at Castell Henllys, a unique Iron Age hill fort re-created with fantastic replica Iron Age roundhouses, dating back 2,400 years.

What was Celtic life like?

Wherever they settled, Celts would set up farms and small villages. Their houses were called roundhouses made of wood or stone and contained just one big room.

Being very skilled the Celts made all their own iron weapons and tools. Using bronze, silver and gold they loved to create beautiful objects.

The Celts believed that their Gods lived in streams, rocks and trees and they would throw precious objects into a river as a gift to the Gods.

Celtic life

The Childrens History EncylopediaBritish History Encyclopedia
Facts on Celtic tribes, lifestyles, houses and hillforts, food, clothes and appearance, religion and beliefs.
Homework Help - The CeltsPrimary Homework help
Learn everything about Celtic life including their clothes, food, housing, weapons and their religion.
The school run - The CeltsThe School Run
Find out who the Celts were and learn top 10 facts about them.
10 Awesome facts on the Celts10 Awesome Facts
10 facts you didn't know about Celtic life. From their good roads, their weird helmets to their passion for fighting and their riches.

Horrible Histories – Cut-Throat Celts

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Celtic Warriors

Being fierce fighters Celtic Warriors and their tribes often fought each other. They would tattoo themselves with blue paint to make themselves look scary.

They had great feasts whenever they won a battle and during these feasts, poet-musicians called bards would tell poems of Celtic heroes.

Who was Boudica?

Boudica’s husband was a King Prasutagus, which therefore made her a Queen. When this Celtic king died, the Romans came and demanded taxes from people living on the land. Queen Boudica was a strong woman and refused, but this led to her being tied to a post and beaten in front of her people.

Angry for revenge, Boudica led an army to a Roman town called Colchester where she defeated the Romans. With her large strong army, she then attacked London and St.Albans and she won again. All that remained was to defeat the governor and his army and then they would be free of Roman rule.

As strong as Boudica’s army was, the Romans were stronger and pushed them back. The battle was lost. Rather than be captured by the Roman army, Boudica killed herself by drinking poison.

Boudicca RevoltBoudicca's attack
Boudicca and the Iceni tribe successfully defeated the Roman Ninth Legion and destroyed the capital of Roman Britain, then at Colchester.
Boudica statue in ColchesterColchester
Regular guided tours of Colchester run throughout the year, charting the town's journey from Camulodunum - the Roman capital destroyed by Boudica - to present-day Colchester.

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What happened to the Celts?

The Roman Empire grew stronger and stronger and in the end, the Romans conquered most of the land owned by the Celts. Some of the Celtic cultures live on today in Ireland and in remote parts of Scotland and Wales.

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