This is a sample unit based on the work of Charles Macintosh from Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.
It is free for you to download and try.
Animals, Biodiversity & Habitats, Electricity, Energy, Evolution & Inheritance, Forces, Properties & Uses of Materials, Rocks, Fossils and Soils
Cross-curricular, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work
5-7, 7-9, 9-12
Introducing historic and contemporary scientists' discoveries into the primary classroom through practical investigations.
Cross-curricular links between history and science are really valuable in the primary classroom, but how much of the focus is on developing scientific understanding and the skills of working scientifically? Standing on the Shoulders of Giants offers a series of engaging practical investigations based on the scientific work of a historic figure that encourage children to generate their own questions to explore and develop their understanding further. The resource links the work of 10 famous historic scientists to the work of contemporary scientists, giving children an appreciation of how wider scientific understanding develops over time.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants was written by Dr. Alex Sinclair and Amy Strachan from St Mary’s University and PSTT Fellow Dr. Alison Trew and edited by Sue Martin (Programme Director).
Included in the resource for each of 10 historic scientists and their contemporary counterparts: