These notes have been compiled to show how the Mr Watt eBooks can be used in conjunction with the 2014 National Curriculum. (This case study, with Hertford Infants, has used Brighton as the region for the “significant individuals and people in their own locality” section).

These notes are ongoing work; any comments or suggestions are welcomed, and I am very happy to do Mr Watt presentation sheets that will assist your class if you let me know the specifics (for example, see the maths activity sheets prepared for Hertford Infants.)

Key Stage1 History (eBook2)

The text is below, but please email Jon Mills if you would like a more user-friendly, tabled Word.doc of these notes to print out.

ks1 docs

Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented. In planning to ensure the progression described above through teaching about the people, events and changes outlined below, teachers are often introducing pupils to historical periods that they will study more fully at key stages 2 and 3.
Pupils should betaught about:      ‘What Mr.Watt?’    ‘A turn for the worse’       ‘A brush with evil’
Changes within living memory.

Where appropriate, these should

be used to reveal aspects of

changes in national life



Car use over last 100 yearsMass employment, assembly lines (P.4); mechanization(P.8);

green technologies; oil production; pollution; green-house gases; global warming, animal habitat destruction.

Bicycle invention and development, from early bone-shakers & ‘Penny farthings’ to modern mountain bikes; increased mobility, leisure use, fitness and sports. Sustrans, sustainable transport, Friends of the Earth.  “Make do and mend” Wartime “knitting for Victory”; 1950’s/60’s:  huge boost in popularity, taught in schools; massive decline in ‘80’s with new synthetic materials (tracksuits and sweatshirts for daily use rather than just sports) and cheap production costs.
Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally orglobally [for example, the Great

Fire of London, the first airplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or  anniversaries]


Red flag Acts 1860’s1st London to Brighton Veteran car run in 1896 to celebrate repeal.

National Trust Bill; Forestry Commission.

Entertainment ~

Puppets, marionettes and

Automata, from ancient civilizations, through Renaissance to modern day automata.(Juggling Jack Russell)


 Women’s emancipationThe bicycle craze killed the bustle and the corset, instituted “common-sense dressing” for women and increased their mobility considerably. In 1896 Susan B. Anthony said that “the bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world.” Knitted socks have been found in Egyptian tombs C3rd-5th  AD; See workshop (needle) production (P.33); Industrial revolution and mechanization; machines; knitting (Mr. Watt’s machine is based on a sock knitting machine); cottage industry to textile mill; Women were employed to operate the machinery, rather than spinning and knitting items at home; armour making (P.40); medieval jousts & conflict;
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]


Henry Ford


Karl Benz

Early proponents of environmentalism ~ Ruskin, Bernard-Shaw, William Morris.

Emily Williamson founded Royal Society for the Protection of Birds 1889; Rachel Carson published “Silent Spring’ 1962

Leonardo da Vinci (automata)


John Boyd Dunlop

Susan B Anthony (American civil rights leader and feminist)

Alex Moulton

Frank Bowden (Raleigh bikes)

John Kay (invented the flying shuttle 1734)

James Hargreaves (inventor of the spinning jenny 1764)


Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.


 London to Brighton Veteran Car run. Isetta bubble car assembly (New England Qtr).   London to Brighton Bike run(started 1976)

John Mayall, (cycled from London to Brighton in the record time of 15 hours on a ‘boneshaker’ in 1869)

 Cottage Industries;

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