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First Class Scientists

Topic: Humans & animals

The 350th anniversary of the Royal Society is being celebrated by Royal Mail with a new split-stamp design. The ten 1st Class stamps feature significant figures from the Royal Society whose portraits are paired with dramatic and colourful images representing their achievements.

In this activity the children will design their own stamps to celebrate a significant development that has impacted upon modern life. They will also consider which technology they think is most important.

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the names of some of the most important scientists

Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 2 successfully.

about the significant scientific developments made by some scientists
Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 2 successfully.

how those developments have shaped our lives today
Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 3 successfully.

   
Curriculum Link

Science:
Sc1 Scientific enquiry
that science is about thinking creatively to try to explain how living and non-living things work, and to establish links between causes and effects [for example, Jenner's vaccination work]

Investigative skills
children review their work and the work of others and describe its significance and limitations

Literacy
Speaking and listening- Developing and explaining ideas using a growing vocabulary

 
Running the Activity

Introducing the activity

Display Page 1 through a projector or as an OHT. Discuss with the children the images shown. Ask the children what they think the symbols on the stamps represent.

Discussion starters
- Do you recognise any of these scientists?
- What do you know about them and their discoveries?
- Discuss the task question, focussing on scientists and engineers e.g. Brunel


Leading the main activity

Display Page 2 through a data projector or on an OHT. Print off copies for the children. Group the children to discuss the information presented. Each group to decide which description they think matches each stamp. Discuss the choices as a class - what clues did they use to help them?


Display Page 3 through a data projector or on an OHT. Print off copies for the children as appropriate. Discuss the choices presented and children to create their own stamp design. Groups to work together to decide on which modern technology they think is most significant and to create a presentation. This could be as a PowerPoint or other choice of medium.

 
Web Links

Royal Society
News story behind the activity

BBC News
News story behind the activity

 
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