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For the Key Stage One 'significant individuals' (i.e. 'Famous People') 2014 National Curriculum History topic, including Neil Armstrong, Queen Victoria, Mary Seacole, Rosa Parks, Florence Nightingale + many more 'significant individual' profiles.



This scheme of work covers the 'Significant Individuals' Key Stage One unit of the 2014 National Curriculum for history.  It comes as a set of seven lesson plans with associated resources and comes as a thank you for visiting this website.  


The lessons are professionally written by me, Darren Birchall (the fella pictured above in the spacesuit), and can be enhanced by either one of my spaceman workshops (related to Neil Armstrong), one of my Victorian Inventions workshops (Queen Victoria), one of my Roman workshops (Boudica), one of my Second World War workshops (Winston Churchill), or one of my First World War workshops (Edith Cavell).  


If you are after a more bespoke experience, you can also combine two of these workshops in a half and half 'famous person' day if you like (by mutual agreement, depending on your needs and the differing amount of equipment that each workshop requires).



How this planning relates to the 2014 KS1 National Curriculum content


The 2014 Curriculum states:


“Pupils should be taught about … the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]”


This scheme of work therefore relates to the objective as follows:


It contains content on all of the named famous people (apart from Pieter Bruegel the Elder, who has been changed to Vincent Van Gogh).


The resources for each lesson allow you to compare the people involved.


There is no by-wrote lesson plan to follow, but rather activity suggestions using the supplied resources, to enable you to follow a creative curriculum pathway or add/supplement with your own activities and resources.


It extends the curriculum suggested content by adding another three more famus people, Florence Nightingale, Boudica and Winston Churchill (to allow you to expand on the nursing lesson and to explore Roman and WW2 topics).


Useage notes


Each lesson comes complete with a set of resources for you to use to compare the two famous people for that particular week, along with suggestions for activities for different subject areas. Please note that the resources and lessons are deliberately written for a high y2 (or even) y3 level in order to let you differentiate down if needs be as this made them easier to write to cater for all abilities.


The reason it is 7 weeks (and not the usual 6) is because of the additional Boudica/Churchill lesson, though it could easily be extenede into a 12 week scheme given the amount of content.



Three reasons why you should consider booking a workshop to

supplement this lesson planning


1) Every workshop is planned and delivered by me, an experienced primary school teacher, and comes complete with free lesson planning and associated teaching resources.


2) Every workshop is built around many 'wow!' moments, such as launching rockets, wearing a glove signed by Buzz Aldrin (both in the spaceman workshop), marching WW1 style and trying on a WW1 kitbag (First World War workshop); investigating over 50 genuine WW2 artefacts and using a real working WW2 stirrup pump (WW2 Blitz School workshop); trying on Roman armour and throwing (very safe) spears in my Roman workshop; and driving a model Stephenson's Rocket train around a 25ft track in my Victorian Inventions workshop.


3) All my related workshops provide an excellent in-school learning experience, guaranteed.  I have a 100% satisfaction record from many hundreds of schools and a wide range of testimonials can be vewied on the relative websites for each workshop.