Teachers & Group Leaders

Transport and Invention

Key Stage 2
60 Minutes
Up to 20 children


This lesson develops children's sense of the continuity of history. It shows how inventions are often built upon on what has been achieved as a result of earlier inventions. It looks at the history of transport and inventions, and asks children to sort forms of transport, and inventions, into chronological order.

National Curriculum


  • a depth study linked to one of the British areas of study listed
  • a study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality (this can go beyond 1066)
  • a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 Examples (non-statutory)
  • a significant turning point in British history, for example, the first railways or the Battle of Britain

Learning Objectives

  • To be able to recognize and name a selection of forms of transport and inventions.
  • To be able to sort these into a correct chronological order.
  • To be able to estimate when major inventions were made.
  • To understand the way in which many inventions build on what has been discovered before.
  • To use words such as century, year, and other time related words such as AD and BC correctly.


The delivery of this session can be adapted to a range of abilities – please notify the Education Officer of any specific needs.