Scheme of Work: Brunel

Primary Scheme of Work, Key Stage 1 History (unresourced)

By Barbara Sands, published 11th August 2014

Key Stage 1 Significant Individuals: Brunel

At Key Stage 1, pupils are asked to examine the lives of significant individuals who have also contributed to national achievements. A study of Isambard Kingdom Brunel provides a fascinating example of an individual whose technological and engineering advances have helped to shape the face of Britain. 

Children can identify a historical figure and explain why they are famous; begin to understand the impact on lives, past and present, of this person by investigating some of the main events in their life using pictures, photographs, written sources, artefacts and visits outside the classroom. They will gain an appreciation of the character strengths of such a significant individual from our nation's past by looking at the adversity and challenges faced by this individual. Children will be introduced to the concept of chronology through the events of their life; they will gain an insight into how lives in the past were different to their lives now, by referencing such comparatives as techildrenology and fashion; and they will use historical vocabulary related to time.

This unit is structured around 3 history enquiries:

  1. Who was Isambard Kingdom Brunel and why is he famous?
  2. What did Brunel achieve in his life, what structures did he design and build, why and how were these important at the time and why are they still talked about today?
  3. What aspects of Brunel's character made him successful and a significant historical character for study?

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