Famous for more than Five Minutes

Block I - Communicators

Study people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. Be inspired by their achievements and try some projects in the same areas of expertise such as art, music, leadership, science, mathematics and invention. Be inspired by these role models, to dream of what you might achieve in the future. Choose famous people from the following broad historical eras: Tudor and Renaissance times (T), Victorian and early Modern times (V), Early Twentieth Century (E) and Late Twentieth /Early Twentieth Century (L). Each block will allow you to explore one or two changes in aspects of everyday life.

Meet William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee and discover how they both changed the way we communicate. Journey back through time to discover how people recreated and printed text in the past. Try out a variety of ways to reproduce your writing for mass consumption. Create edible illuminated manuscripts and your own printing press. Go on to create an online blog or website.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Communicating information past and present

Write a book review and think about the ways it could be shared with others. Find out about the ways information was shared in the past and compare them with today’s digital world.

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02: Creating an illuminated manuscript

Explore the art of writing books out by hand and have a go at designing and creating your own edible illuminated manuscript.

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03: Caxton and his printing press

Learn about Caxton and his printing press; Try making your own printing press and print a book review; Find out how Caxton recreated images in his printing; Create an image plate and print it to accompany your review.

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04: The WWW revolution and Tim Berners-Lee

Learn about the history and development of the WWW, and its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee; Investigate a range of children’s book review blogs and decide which features work well and which don’t.

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05: Creating an online book review blog

Use research from the previous session to design a children’s book review blog; Start to create an online book review blog. Create a section on the history of book publishing.

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06: Completing an online book review blog

Complete and tweak an online book blog; Create a ‘visual story’ for Caxton and Berners-Lee to include in your blog.