Teachers' notes, activities and linked resources

This resource is designed to introduce you to some of the inventors and inventions originating in Leeds during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries - from cinematography to the rack and pinion railway. 


Curriculum links:

KS3 Design and Technology - The design cycle; Product design - the role of the professional designer

KS3 History - Britain, 1745-1901 - Britain as the first industrial nation 

Aim of the resource:

Students can explore the work of designers and engineers who have influenced the development of products today and in the past.


Learning objectives:

Knowledge of industrial heritage and individual inventors

Understanding of the role played by significant individuals in history

Skills to apply and discuss concepts such as patents, innovation and intellectual property 

Activity ideas:

There are several downloadable worksheets within this resource to test and extend students' learning:

  • Develop plans for your own invention. Think about what the challenges facing life today. Perhaps it's something that you have thought might make your own day to day life easier or something to help humans, animals or plants to survive or something that can solve global problems. Think big or small. What might your solution be? Design your solution and make it out of modelling materials.

  • If you had a shop in Leeds what would you sell? Why? What would you need to do to make your shop successful? Write an advert or poster for your shop.

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Matthew Murray