Key Stage 1 "Significant Individuals"
lesson plans and ideas
LESSON 2: Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong -
KEY STAGE 1 SCIENCE NATIONAL CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES:
• 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
• Significant historical events
PUPILS WILL LEARN ..
About the lives of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong.
RESOURCES - DOWNLOAD HERE
• Powerpoint for both people
• Written profiles of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong
• Wordsearch of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong
a short non-fiction description of each person / Diary entries for both persons at key moments in their life / letters from each person / story from the point of view of someone watching key moments in their lives / small non-fiction fact cards (similar to enclosed profiles) / instructions on how to walk on the moon / write a list if things you would take on an exploration trip
• ROLE-PLAY AREA SUGGESTIONS:
Apollo 11 Spaceship / Columbus’ ‘Santa Maria’ ship / Cape Kennedy launch site
maths based on the distance to the moon / amount of planets / distance travelled by Columbus
• ART / DT:
draw or paint both from portraits / make a space helmet from cardboard and silver foil / make a model of Columbus’ ship using cardboard / papier mache planets
Find key places on map from both people e.g. Cape Kennedy / Bahamas / compare the surfaces of the moon and earth / try to answer questions such as ‘why are there no plants on the moon?’ or ‘why didn’t Columbus know what was on the other side of the sea?’
Grow plants to work out why they need oxygen, sunlight and water
(linked to geo task, see above) / investigate floating/sinking related to ships