Railway Mania

Book and audio CD. The year is 1846 and Albert works for the Great Western Railway as a porter. He talks about how this new form of transport has spread across Victorian Britain.
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60 page photocopiable book and 20 minute audio CD.

Listen to an excerpt from the CD story - just Click here.

The year is 1846 and Albert has just joined the Great Western Railway as a young porter.

He talks about the development of this exciting new form of transport. From Stephenson’s Rocket to the mania for railway building in the 1840s.

The work of the great railway engineers, Stephenson, Brunel and Locke is described as well as many peoples’ scepticism about the practicality of many of the bridges, tunnels and viaducts. The impact of railways on the coaching trade and the canals is also discussed.

The follow-up worksheets are differentiated for children of all abilities from non-readers to the very able. An abridged version of the script is provided giving children experience of reading for information. A wide range of materials, extension activities and fact files allow children to explore the topic in more detail and make links to other areas of the curriculum.

The pack includes
* 20 minute story on CD
* Teacher's Handbook - containing full instructions on using the pack, teaching suggestions, further reading lists and places to visit.
* Photocopiable Storybook - 8 fully illustrated A5 pages.
* Worksheets - differentiated worksheets for children of all abilities.
* Materials - an abridged version of the script (reading for information), basic and extended glossaries, a time line.
* Fact Files - exploring some of the key topics of the study unit in more detail.
* Extension Activities - practical things to do and make, from wordsearches to cookery and model making.
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