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Children’s Champions


Key Stage 1 History Theme Units

Designed to raise pupil aspirations, our Key Stage One history theme planning, the Children’s Champions series, will complement any existing history curriculum.

Schools already using them love these fresh and innovative Key Stage One history theme units, featuring excitingly alternative inspirational historical figures!

Buy individually by selecting the title(s) you require below. Alternatively, you can order all ten for £300 (ex VAT and P&P) and SAVE £20.

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Are you looking to diversify your Key Stage One history curriculum?

If so, you can call off the search, as our Children’s Champions series is here!

Each of our Key Stage One History theme unit range focuses on an inspirational figure. There are ten units altogether, divided into two groups – Leaders and Pioneers.

You can buy units individually, or save by purchasing all ten!

Our curriculum experts have carefully handpicked KS1 inspirational figures you may not have considered including in your history curriculum before, with the key emphasis on heroes and heroines who make fantastic role models for young people today.


Here are 10 great reasons to buy a Children’s Champions KS1 History theme unit:

1. Enjoy National Curriculum coverage for your peace of mind

2. Reduce your workload: less planning, more teaching!

3. Add greater depth to pupils’ learning through cross-curricular integration of subjects, such as literacy, dance and PSHE

4. Make lessons relatable and memorable

5. Provide children with role models from diverse backgrounds

6. Paperback books provide a tangible resource to work from

7. Broaden children’s horizons and break down stereotypes

8. Develop well-rounded historians

9. Bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the classroom

10. Re-energise teachers


The inspirational people who feature in our Children’s Champions series are:-


The Original Children’s Champion – Thomas Barnardo
The founder of the children’s charity who saved thousands of children in poverty and vowed to never turn a child away.

Powhatan People – Pocahontas
Born Matoaka, she was the daughter of Powhatan, the chief of a Native American settlement in Virginia.

Royal Patrons – Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II
Both changed the face of the monarchy during their respective reigns, heralding new eras and leading times of immense change.

The General – Flora Drummond
Born in Manchester in 1878, Flora Drummond was a British suffragette with the nickname “the General” for leading women’s rights demonstrations.

The WordsmithIgnatius Sancho
Born on a slave ship, Sancho was a British composer, actor and writer who was the first person of African origin to vote in Britain.


Record Breaker – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
The first person to circumnavigate the world via the North and South Poles and to cross Antarctica on foot. He also climbed Mount Everest aged 65!

The Visionary – Ada Lovelace
The woman believed to be the world’s first computer programmer.

Dancing Spy – Josephine Baker
“The Beyonce of the 1920s”, dancer and activist Baker broke down racial barriers and also worked as a spy during World War II.

Jurassic Hunter – Mary Anning
Thought to be the inspiration behind the “she sells seashells” tongue-twister, Mary Anning is “the unsung hero of fossil discovery”.

Medicine Woman – Elizabeth Blackwell
The first qualified female doctor to be registered with the General Medical Council.

If you would like to read about our ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum and how these history units fit into our much bigger curriculum picture, please Click Here!

FREE Sample

If you would like a sneaky peek at our Children’s Champion series please complete the form below and we will send you a link to a free sample.

What do I get?

  • A hardcopy of the book(s) you purchase
  • A digital copy of the book(s) you purchase
  • A whole-school site licence

Evidence and Impact

Impact of ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum

Our ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum was only launched in March 2019 and we felt it was important to get some early feedback from adopter schools. Read about the impact this curriculum is already having:

  • 100% of UK schools said that introducing ‘Learning Means the World has already made a significant difference to their curriculum.
  • 100% of our schools said that they would be happy talking to other schools in their area about ‘Learning Means the World’ and many have already recommended us to colleagues.

“Elaine was an absolute inspiration as she worked with us on our new curriculum. Her passion for ensuring exciting and relevant learning shone through as she ensured she had a strong picture of our school, children, staff, parents and location to really personalise our planning. Despite already having high expectations of this curriculum from our previous conversations, these were exceeded. She has a wealth of knowledge about the themes as well as the National Curriculum, ensuring a cohesive and exciting curriculum that also meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. We can’t wait to get going!”

Headteacher, Charmouth Primary School