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Communicators

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.

Session 1 Communicating information past and present

Objectives

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

English

  • Discuss and express views about a wide range of texts at a level beyond that at which they can read independently.
  • Write sentences by saying out loud what they are going to write about and composing a sentence orally before writing it.
  • Write for different purposes.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Write a book review about a favourite book as part of a ‘book outreach team’.
  • Order methods of communication (and associated key people) through time, and identify the pros and cons of each method.

Provided Resources

  • Information sheet with 'book outreach team' letter and return label
  • Methods of communication timeline booklets
  • Information with analysis questions

You Will Need

  • Access to a printer
  • Books
  • Boxes
  • 7 toys

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 2 Creating an illuminated manuscript

Objectives

History

  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

Art

  • Use drawing and/or painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Learn that in the past texts had to be handwritten.
  • Explore illuminated manuscripts and have a go at creating their own, using their book review.

Provided Resources

  • Examples of illuminated manuscripts
  • Instructions for making an illuminated manuscript

You Will Need

  • Rice paper
  • Icing pens and tubes
  • Some Rich Tea biscuits.

Session 3 Caxton and his printing press

Objectives

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Art

  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Learn about Caxton and his printing press.
  • Create and test out their own printing press using individual letters.
  • Explore how Caxton recreated images.
  • Create a printed image to accompany their book review.

Provided Resources

  • Instructions for making a printing press
  • Instructions for making printed illustrations
  • Letter from William Caxton
  • Examples of woodcuts

You Will Need

  • Magnetic or wooden letters or similar
  • Card strips
  • Double sided tape
  • Cloth
  • small water bottle
  • Blu-Tack
  • elastic band
  • Paper and foam board

Session 4 The WWW revolution and Tim Berners-Lee

Objectives

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Computing

  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Meet Berners-Lee and learn about his invention of the World Wide Web.
  • Explore online children’s book review sites and identify features they do and don’t like.

Provided Resources

  • Web game instructions
  • WWW lucky-dip strips
  • Photo of Tim Berners-Lee

You Will Need

  • 4 balls of wool or string

Session 5 Creating an online book review blog

Objectives

History

  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

Computing

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Design their own book review blog based on research from previous session.
  • Start to create their blog design online.
  • Create a page to accompany their blog on the history of children’s book printing.

Provided Resources

  • Children’s book detectives cards
  • Examples of children’s illustrated books
  • Possible features of a book review blog or website

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 6 Completing an online book review blog

Objectives

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Computing

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Complete the creation of their book review blog.
  • Create and add to their blog a ‘visual story’ of Caxton and Berners-Lee, showing how they contributed to the development of ‘printed’ communication.

Provided Resources

  • Caxton and Berners-Lee: pictures, items and symbols
  • Sample visual story

You Will Need

  • Digital cameras and scanners

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.