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.

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KS1 History (e-Book  No.1)

“On the wrong Track”, “Misses the Point”, & “Reaches for the Sky”

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:   ‘On the Wrong Track’      ‘Misses the Point’       ‘Reaches for the sky’
Changes within living memory.Where appropriate, these should

be used to reveal aspects of

changes in national life



The coming of the railway. Housing for workers and development of suburbs and residential development. Local Railway Mission; demographic movement and changes. Compulsory Purchase of land for railways (canals and roads).The progression from steam to diesel and electric, coal to oil and nuclear power stations. History of shipbuilding and Sea travel; holiday’s abroad and greater mobility.Waning popularity of Victorian seaside resorts compared to foreign holidaysCompare the ‘In your Dreams’ picture on P.9 to the ‘I.Y.D’s’ picture on P.22  Power stations and pylons             across the landscape.Investment in infrastructure and the boom in electrical appliance design and mass production; the mass employment this brings.Invention of the jet engine and consequent changes to mobility, working patterns and leisure holidays.

Look at I.Y.D. picture on P.43

of a jet engine being built

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]  The invention of the Steam engine. Stephenson’s Rocket, Trevithick’s High pressure Steam engine; The Flying Scotsman; Mallard.Look at the I.Y.D. picture on P. 4 of a locomotive works.  Boat building through history from coracles to galleons toThe Great Eastern and The Titanic. Naval conflict; Trafalgar; JutlandLook at the I.Y.D picture on  P.9 of the Great Eastern ship being built.  History of flight; hot air balloons and airships.The Wright Brothers; Amy Johnson; Battle of Britain;Look at the I.Y.D. picture on P.36 of a Zeppelin being built
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]   Thomas SaveryJames Watt

 Richard Trevithick

George Stephenson

Abraham Darby, ironmaking  pioneer.

 I.K.Brunel(the picture on P. 25 is based on the famous photograph of him standing next to the launching chains of the Great Eastern).   Amy Johnson, Orville & Wilbur Wright, Louis Bleriot, Amelia Earhart; Bert Hinkler; Howard Hughes; Montgolfier Brothers; Frank Whittle, Neil Armstrong
Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.   Volks railwayWilliam StroudleyThe Jenny Lind steam loco.

Brighton Locomotive works

The Brighton Belle

 The Athina B shipwreck off Brighton beach, 1980Brighton Bathing machines (sheds with wheels!) 1800’sCaptain Samuel Brown (designer of the Chain Pier 1823 ~ one of Britains first pleasure piers.

West Pier (1866)

 The bombing in 1943 of the London Road Viaduct (built 1846)Shoreham Airport (the oldest airport in Britain) founded in 1910The Bognor Regis “Birdman” competition. (established 1971)

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