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Famous Explorers Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong

A pack of resources to teach the historical differences between the lives and times of the two explorers. Follows the new 2014 curriculum.


  • Who were Columbus and Armstrong: An introduction to the topic. It shows three pictures of each explorer, asking the children to look at the pictures and find out information.
  • Christopher Columbus: A 24 page lesson, looking at his life story, and his first journey across the Atlantic.
  • Neil Armstrong: A 19 page powerpoint, looking at the story of his life and his journey to the moon
  • Comparison of life in the different time periods: Shows the different explorers and where they lived on a simple timeline. It compares different aspects of life in both their lives including aspects such as transport, knowledge of the world, houses, food and uniforms.

DISPLAY (pdf):

  • A-Z lettering x 2, one with a sea background and Christopher Columbus banner, and one with a space background and Neil Armstrong banner
  • Portraits of the two men in picture frames
  • A4 title - Christopher Columbus (x 2 versions)
  • A4 title - Neil Armstrong (x 2 versions)
  • World maps x 2 from the different time periods


  • Cards - 12 different cards with objects that both explorers would have used. Can be used in card games, or for cutting and sticking sorting activities.
  • Topic covers x 6 different layouts for Christopher Columbus
  • Topic covers x 6 different layouts for Neil Armstrong
  • Writing sheets (x 4 lined and unlined) with Christopher Columbus border
  • Writing sheets (x 4 lined and unlined) with Astronaut border

Plus a medium term outline plan in word

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