Curriculum links by theme


Curriculum links

Key Stage 2


  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066: changes in an aspect of social history, such as the right to vote.
  • A significant turning point in British history, for example, WWII or 1928 (women’s right to vote).

Key Stage 3


  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day in addition to studying the Holocaust, this could include: women’s suffrage.
  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901.
  • Britain as the first industrial nation – the impact on society; party politics, extension of the franchise and social reform.

Suggested research questions

Key Stage 2

  • How did the workers feel about their jobs at Newman Brothers?
  • Who were the most important people in the history of Newman Brothers? What qualities did they share with each other?
  • What jobs were available at Newman Brothers? Which do you think would be the best and which would be the worst?

Key Stage 3

  • What made Newman Brothers the best, of the best?
  • Why was it important to save Newman Brothers?
  • How did Newman Brothers treat their workers? Was it a good place to work?
  • How was Newman Brothers changed from a working factory to a museum?

Suggested Activities

  • Write a biography on one of the workers from Newman Brothers.
  • You have been chosen to decide on the five most important people in the UK. These five people will be given the best of Newman Brothers’ coffin fittings at their funeral. You must fully explain each of your choices.
  • Write a diary entry as Joyce Green on the day that she took over the running of Newman Brothers.
  • Write an application to apply for a job at Newman Brothers. What special skills do you have that would benefit the factory? What job would you like to do?

Links & Downloadable Resources

Film Resources

Memories of Miss Green

Troubles for the Travelling Salesman

Working as an engraver

Becoming the manager

Women in the factory


Pauline and the Coffin

Best in the country

Christmass party

Further curriculum links