columbusChristopher Columbus provides an excellent opportunity to link to other famous people on the theme of explorers, a requirement of the KS1 National Curriculum for history.

Contrasting the world of the later 15th century with space travel of the 20th century has obvious parallels and certainly helps pupils to strengthen their ideas of similarity and difference between time frames within and beyond living memory. Columbus himself provides rich opportunities for pupils to develop important historical skills and concepts. They start by sequencing before moving on to look at motivation and the significance of his achievements, both for the time and for today. Because he is an increasingly controversial figure, not least in terms of his apparent lack of respect for indigenous cultures, this study has exploited the considerable scope to look at different interpretations of the man. As a window into changing attitudes to diversity, this topic is highly relevant to pupils today.

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Columbus knowledge organiser – KS1

Columbus is a world-famous navigator and explorer whose daring voyages in search of the Indies led to the opening of…

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Columbus – KQ1 – Why do you think we still remember Christopher Columbus, even though he’s been dead for 500 years!

Pupils are in the role of history detectives. They are given 8 progressively revealing, mainly visual, clues in a controlled…

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Columbus – KQ2 – How did Columbus become famous?

Pupils listen to an illustrated description of main episodes Columbus life which they then sequence from the jumbled images provided…

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Columbus – KQ3 – What was Christopher Columbus’s motivation?

Driving at the heart of Columbus ‘ motivation, allows pupils to build on what they have already deduced about his…

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Columbus – KQ4 – What was life like on board during such a long journey?

This question shifts the focus away from the actions of just one man and adds a colourful dimension to the…

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Columbus – KQ5 – How have opinions of Columbus changed in the light of new evidence?

In this session the focus is squarely on helping pupils to grasp that people’s opinions of Columbus have changed in…

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Columbus – KQ6 – How and why should we remember him?

Having seen the different ways in which Columbus achievements are still commemorated today, 500 years after his death, pupils have…

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