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.)


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:  ‘Mr.Watt’s wind section’            Mr.Watt is       ‘Down to earth’          Mr.Watt goes        to the museum
Changes within living memory.

Where appropriate, these should

be used to reveal aspects of

changes in national life



Musical styles & fashions:jazz; blues; rock & roll; Glam rock; heavy metal; Punk; Rap


 Archaeology; Museums and collections;  Film making; amateur equipment; recording of family life; development of camera from pin-hole to digital.Projection of film; picture houses and cinemas; History of Animation; Use of photography to record social history.
Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first airplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]  Music through History:Ancient; Medieval; Classical.


 Invention of the camera obscura 1000AD; first photographs (Daguerreotypes) 1839; roll film invented 1889, enabling mass production of box camera;Moving image (Muybridge 1880); silent movies (1894-1929); 1st public projection of movies 1895; The Jazz Singer (Charlie Chaplin) ~ first feature length film with sound.


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]   Beethoven,Handel,


Benjamin Britten;

The Proms;

Gerard Hoffnung;

   Louis DaguerreEadweard Muybridge

Lumiere brothers (1895)

Charlie Chaplin

Walt Disney

Cecil Beaton

David Bailey


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


Promenade Bandstand;Mods and rockers;

Eurovision (1974);

Hippodrome/Dome/Brighton Centre;


Pioneers of the moving picture industry in Hove ~ “Little Hollywood by the Sea”.Shoreham: Tinsel Town-by-Sea

Compare to the City’s new Digital Industries.

‘Brighton Rock’

‘Oh What  a lovely War’




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