Famous People

ChatterPix and Characters


In this lesson your children will get into character using the Chatterpix app. The particular example shown is the Titanic Captain Edward Smith but this lesson can be used using any character.

Other Teaching Ideas:

1. Shapes and properties.

2. Describing a setting.

3. Giving explanations.

For full lesson plan click here.

Famous Scientists

People have been studying the world around them for thousands of years. These individuals become master in their fields and made vital and important contributions and discoveries to science. Simply choose a scientist and learn more.

Timeline Creator

Create a timeline of your chosen famous person.

Famous Scrabble

This activity card can be applied to many activities.

You can give your class a word to begin with or you can allow them to choose a word. Ensure the word is long to get the most out of the activity. In this instance, your children will try to link as many famous people’s surnames they can think of.

You class will love the challenge of linking as many surnames as they can.

To extend this activity, add in values for each letter to create scores and link it to numeracy.

Your class can also try to link as many of their high frequency, phonics, shapes, topic or spelling words as they can.

Christopher Columbus

Cristoforo Colombo, or Christopher Columbus as we call him, was born in Genoa in Italy. Genoa was a busy port.

His father was a wool merchant and weaver. We don’t know if Columbus went to school much. He may have had lessons from monks.

The Columbus family hoped to get rich by trade. Columbus went to sea at the age of 13. Life at sea was exciting, but dangerous. He hoped to come home a rich man!

Columbus learned how to sail a wooden ship with sails. He learned about the winds and tides. He learned to navigate (find the way), by looking at the Sun and stars.

In 1492 Columbus set sail from Palos in Spain with three ships. Two, the Nina and the Pinta were caravels, small ships with triangular sails. The third, the Santa Maria, was a nao, a larger square-rigged ship. The ships were small, between 15 and 36 metres long. Between them they carried about 90 men.

Click the image to learn information, discover facts and access resources to help your children learn more about Christopher Columbus.

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

Famous For: First to walk on the moon

1969, the whole world heard these words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong holds the distinction of being the first man to walk on the moon. Before becoming an astronaut with NASA, he was a Naval Aviator, officer in the US Navy, and a test pilot.


What was Neil Armstrong famous for?
When was Neil Born?
Which country was Neil born in?
What was the name of the space shuttle that landed on the moon?
How many children does Neil have?
What was the famous line Neil said when he walked on the moon?*
What were the names of the other astronauts on Apollo 11?
Which year did Neil die?
Neil’s first trip into space was on Gemini 8. True or False?
What did Neil do when he found out people were selling his autograph on the internet?

Florence Nightingale

Why is Florence Nightingale famous?

Florence Nightingale went to the Crimean War to nurse wounded soldiers. She and her nurses saved many lives.

When did she live?

Florence was born in 1820. This was ten years before Britain had its first steam passenger railway. She lived through the long reign of Queen Victoria. She died in 1910, after the age of electricity, cars and planes began.

What Florence Nightingale did

Florence Nightingale made hospitals cleaner places. She showed that trained nurses and clean hospitals helped sick people get better. She was the founder of modern nursing.

Anne Frank

Born on June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany, Anne Frank lived in Amsterdam with her family during World War II. Fleeing Nazi persecution of Jews, the family went into hiding for two years; during this time, Frank wrote about her experiences and wishes. She was 15 when the family was found and sent to the camps, where she died. Her work, The Diary of Anne Frank, has gone on to be read by millions.

Queen Victoria

Early Years

Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, London, on 24 May 1819. Warmhearted and lively, Victoria had a gift for drawing and painting from a young age; educated by a governess at home. On William IV’s death in 1837, she became Queen at the age of 18.

Later in Life

In 1840, Victoria married Prince Albert and brought nine children between 1840 and 1857. Most of her children married into other Royal families of Europe.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. Manchester United paid £12 million to sign him in 2003—a record fee for a player of his age. In the 2004 FA Cup final, he scored Manchester’s first three goals and helped them capture the championship. In 2008, he set a franchise record for goals scored. In 2009, Real Madrid paid a record $131 million for his services.

Quick Facts

1. He is 6′ 1″ tall (1.86 metres)

2. Real Madrid paid Manchester United £80 million for Ronaldo in 2009.

3. Ronaldo was reluctant to wear the number 7 shirt when he joined Manchester United because it had previously been worn by great players such as, George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. Alex Ferguson convinced him to make the number his own. Ronaldo also wears the number 7 shirt for Real Madrid and Portugal.

4. Ronaldo is a brilliant dribbler, is incredibly fast and he has great reactions and co-ordination.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt became famous as the world’s fastest man in 2008, the year he ran the 100 meters in a spectacular 9.69 seconds at the Beijing Olympic Games. His current world record for the 100m is 9.58 seconds and the 200m in 19.19 seconds. Both record were set in Berlin 2009.

Quick Facts

1. Usain Bolt was born in Trelawny, Jamaica on 21st August 1986.

2. He is 6 ft 5 inches in height – very tall for a sprinter.

3. When he was a young, Usain spent his time playing and thinking about sport. He loved playing football and cricket.

4. At high school, he started to get into athletics and in 2001 he got the 200m silver medal in the Jamaican high school championships.

5. At the age of 15, Bolt was the sam height he is now (6′ 5″).

6. In 2011, Usain attended the UEFA Champions League Final as the guest of Manchester United. He said he wanted a tryout with the club after he retires from running.

To watch his world records follow the links

100m https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nbjhpcZ9_g

200m https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DjvvI-0xjc

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is perhaps the most famous scientist of all time. Both his image and brilliant work on theoretical physics live on today and he serves as an inspiration to young scientists around the world.

Quick Facts

1. Albert Einstein was born on the 14th of March 1879 and died on the 18th of April 1955.

2. Born in Germany to a Jewish family, Einstein made many contributions to the field of theoretical physics.

3. Even when very young, Einstein showed great ability in both math’s and science. He was naturally curious and had a brilliant analytical mind.

4. Einstein’s mother, Pauline, was an accomplished pianist and wanted her son to love music too, so she started him on violin lessons. At first, Einstein hated playing the violin. When Einstein was 13-years old, he quickly changed his mind about the violin when he heard the music of Mozart. With a new passion for playing, Einstein continued to play the violin until the last few years of his life.


1. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
2. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Famous People List

This is an extensive resource bank for KS1 teachers and parents wishing to know more about famous people of years gone by. Once a name is clicked, there are various sub-menus brought up discussing different aspects of the person in a simplistic form. There are many interactive games and stories and also picture resources, fun facts and sounds for Ks1 children to look at, listen to and learn more. The stories are followed by short quizzes to test understanding.