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Wellingtons, Mackintoshes and Sandwiches

Wellingtons, Mackintoshes and Sandwiches We have had fun writing our latest set of comprehension worksheets which look at everyday items with a historical background. Did you know that Wellington boots, Mackintosh coats and sandwiches are all named after their inventors? Wellington boots were invented by 1st Duke of Wellington (who famously claimed victory over Napoleon […]

Famous Nurses and The Crimea

Famous Nurses and The Crimea Our latest set of comprehension worksheets look at the lives and work of two very famous women, Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. Both helped to save many lives during the Crimean War, but with very different approaches. We have written the worksheets at three different ability levels to make it […]

Aviators and aviatrixes Sunday 16th April 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Wilbur Wright. He and his brother Orville are famous for inventing and building the first powered flying machines that were fully controlled by pilots. 2017 is also the 80th anniversary of the disappearance of the record breaking pilot Amelia Earhart. […]

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat What is a runcible spoon? Well, it appears in the wonderful nonsense poem written in 1871 by Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat. Voted the nation’s most beloved children’s poem in 2014 (The Guardian), it highlights how traditional stories and rhymes are still being passed down from one generation […]

World War I: tunnels, Zeppelins and more

World War I: tunnels, Zeppelins and more We are continuing with our series of First World War comprehension worksheets by looking at three more unusual subjects: The Munitionettes, Tunnel Warfare and Zeppelins. The pages, which also include factsheets, provide clear and concise summaries as well as being an excellent starting point for further research. The […]

The Great Plague of 1665 worksheets

The Great Plague of 1665 worksheets There have been many outbreaks of plague across the World but the Great Plague of 1665 was the last major outbreak in England. It is said to have come to London from Dutch trading ships and it spread at an alarming rate through the city. Meanwhile the people of […]

The anniversary of The Battle of Hastings

The anniversary of The Battle of Hastings: comprehensions Friday 14th October 2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. This was a battle between Harold Godwinson, the new King of England and William, Duke of Normandy who was fighting for the throne. William and his Norman army won the battle (in just one […]

Fire of London anniversary comprehensions

The Fire of London anniversary comprehensions Friday 2nd September 2016 marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. After the Great Plague of 1665, which was spread by fleas and had killed a sixth of the people living in London, the Great Fire of London flared up and destroyed many of the old […]

World War One heroes

World War One heroes One hundred years ago we were in the middle of probably the worst war ever known to mankind and we continue to remember this time with a series of comprehensions looking at three heroes of the war: The Red Baron, Edith Cavell and Lawrence of Arabia. The Red Baron was Germany’s […]

Comprehensions and fact sheets on bridges

Bridges are the subject of our latest set of comprehension worksheets. There are many interesting and spectacular bridges but we have chosen four really quirky bridges, one from each of the four countries making up the United Kingdom; Clifton Suspension Bridge in England, the Menai Bridge in Wales, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland and […]