Teachers' Notes

Resource created by Calderdale Museums: Bankfield Museum

This resource tells the story of one man's invention that has saved countless lives around the world. All inspired by a cat! 


Curriculum Links:

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
  • KS1 Science: Materials.
  • KS2 Science: Light – notice that light is reflected from surfaces.
  • KS2 English: Writing diaries and autobiographies.


Activity Ideas

  • Write an autobiography or biography of Percy Shaw. For example you could turn his life story into a comic strip or poem
  • Design an experiment to investigate what materials reflect.
    • What materials will you need?
    • How will you ensure it is a fair test?
    • What will your variables be?
  • Our roads are a lot busier than they were in Percy’s time. Create an invention of your own to make our roads safer for people. This could be something to help:
    • Pedestrians
    • Cyclists
    • Skateboarders or Scooter riders
    • The elderly
    • Wheelchair users
    • Blind or deaf people