Braille and Mary Anning

Teaching Louis Braille and Mary Anning in history at KS1

Louis BrailleLouis Braille will feature in many schools’ Key Stage 1 curriculum whether formally through the history curriculum or as part of one of the supported charities. He may be mentioned in assemblies or he might be part of a broader cross-curricular topic on senses. Either way it clearly offers pupils an insight into the world of those who have lost their sight. Many schools start this topic by showing what blind people can do better than sighted people to counter the traditional notion of disability. Anyone studying this topic will get great support from organisations across the world.

NEW In summer 2020 we are launching a completely new high quality planner and 6 enquiry-led, fully-resourced lessons to support it . If you are an interested subscriber and want to know more, I am happy to share the drafts of the materials we have generated so far to help with your own planning. Just email and we’ll send what we have. Most lessons are compete in draft form ( May 14,2020)

Growing in popularity as a strong alternative to Grace Darling and Florence Nightingale, studying Mary Anning at KS1 offers some clear advantages. Not only is she a remarkable talent but she also achieved much of her famous work at an age not so far removed from the children who learn about her. She is a great role model for young girls, being so accomplished in a such a heavily male-dominated world.

NEW In late summer / early autumn 2020 we are launching a completely new high quality planner and 6 enquiry-led, fully-resourced lessons to support it . If you are an interested subscriber and want to know more, I am happy to share the drafts of the materials we have generated so far to help with your own planning. Just email and we’ll send what we have.

KS1 Medium Term Planner: Louis Braille

The current history curriculum at KS1 asks schools to provide a little more coherence in their choice of significant people to study, suggesting that they might be linked by theme. I agree with this improvement. Here we have a possible theme of ‘our senses’ or...
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The Ups and Downs of Mary Anning’s life

This lesson focuses on helping pupils to move beyond simple story telling and sequencing to thinking about the effect that each event in her life had on Mary. By encouraging pupils to think in terms of happy and sad events, you will help them build...
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Louis Braille – evaluating the video

This lesson comes at the end of the sequence of lessons which explore Louis Braille's life and achievements.  Rather than using a video for information and atmosphere, this lesson uses it to help pupils to evaluate what they have seen.  They first consider what they...
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Teaching Louis Braille: Famous Person Key Stage 1

Louis Braille will feature in many schools' KS1 curriculum whether formally through the history curriculum or as part of one of the supported charities. He may be mentioned in assemblies or he might be part of a broader cross-curricular topic on senses. Either way it...
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