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By David Clayton

29th October 2009

This multimodal text is a collection of recounts of four famous historical events – the Ancient Olympic Games, Great Fire of London, Gunpowder Plot and Great Exhibition – told from the point of view of famous people involved in them.

It provides an alternative to paper-based text for children to access and research information supporting cross-curricular work. Each event introduces relevant vocabulary likely to be new to the children. For each event, key information is accessed in the same way: clicking on the narrator reveals a speech bubble and activating hot spots provides additional text boxes and some sound effects. The content will also support older children in themed work and research.


Shared teaching and learning

Before using the resource

  • To ensure that the children understand something of the chronology relating these four events to other events they have studied, use On-screen resource 1 which provides an interactive timeline.
  • Have ready a good selection of fabric and clothes to support role play linked to the four featured events, in order to aid comprehension. You may wish to gather resources to enable you to make other curricular links to enrich the learning experience – eg, materials to build an exhibition centre or streets of houses in design technology.
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