An example of the Columbus Timeline cards.

Year 1
Christopher Columbus

Navigation

In this activity your child will look at the tools that sailors used to navigate their way in the 15th century, including the compass, astrolabe, and star navigation. They will create a diagram showing the Plough constellation.

Throughout our 5 Christopher Columbus topics your child will locate the destinations of explorer Christopher Columbus and create a timeline. Discover star navigation and design and build our own boat. Christopher Columbus contains 5 activities with accompanying activity sheets and videos. In addition, it covers the following key aspects of the National Curriculum in England: Art, Design & Technology, History and Geography.

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Activity Three - Navigation

Activity 3
Navigation

  • Star Navigation video
  • Black paper
  • White chalk
  • Star stickers / chalk
  • Hi1/1.2 events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • Hi1/1.3 the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international
  • Ge1/1.4b use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West)

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Activity 1
Columbus Timeline

Activity One - Columbus Timeline

Activity 2
Design And Build A Boat

Activity Two - Design And Build A Boat

Activity 3
Navigation

Activity Three - Navigation

Activity 4
Mapping Columbus's First Voyage

Activity Four - Mapping Columbus's First Voyage

Activity 5
Pack Your Bag 1492

Activity Five - Pack Your Bag 1492
Activity Three - Navigation

Activity Three - Navigation

Practical Resources:
  • Star Navigation video
  • Black paper
  • White chalk
  • Star stickers / chalk
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Hi1/1.2events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • Hi1/1.3the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international
  • Ge1/1.4buse simple compass directions (North, South, East and West)
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