"I Am The Greatest" (Authors, Artists, Explorers, Scientists & Sporting Heroes)

This CST activities page is about people who stand out in their field of endeavour. It is arranged in five parts

- Great works of art

- Great authors

- Groundbreaking scientific discoveries

- Great explorers

- & Sporting heroes.

Your group may have other nominations. Please let me know and I'll add to the list.

As usual, take your time. Spread over a couple of sessions if you need or want to.

Allow time for discussion and reminiscence.

Help members get answers right by giving loads of clues, for example first names. This REALLY helps with recall.

These CST activities pages should be all about inclusion and enjoyment, NOT competition.

Focus on the music. Have members choose which songs to play. There's an eclectic mix here.

Please do let me know how the materials work in practice. This blog thrives on feedback!


Begin by asking members if they have a favourite artist, author, scientist, explorer or sporting hero.

Try and get a list of several in each category.

Ask what in the house, or out and about, is the most important discovery or development that members use daily and couldn't be without. It could be the TV, radio, phone or camera. Or something more fundamental, like the wheel, electricity, tea or running water,

Do members remember the children's TV show 'The Record Breakers'?

Who was it presented by? He is pictured below ...

Roy Castle (lived 1932-1994)

What instrument did he play?

What did he die of?

He was an accomplished trumpet player.

He died of lung cancer, from passive smoking.

Did people used to get given 'The Guinness Book Of Records' every Christmas?

What were these twins, who wrote the book and appeared on the TV show with their stopwatches called?

Ross & Norris McWhirter

Here's the TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QFt1ZeDftk


Idioms about books, art, exploring, science and sports (5 each)

The oldest trick in the BOOK

You can't judge a book by it's COVER

Read between the LINES

Take a leaf out of someone's BOOK

Take something as READ

Work of ART


He's no oil PAINTING

Back to the drawing BOARD

A picture paints a thousand WORDS

It's not rocket SCIENCE

Be on the same waveLENGTH

Blow a FUSE

A small cog in a big MACHINE

Reinvent the WHEEL

Brave new WORLD

Reach for the STARS

Climb every MOUNTAIN

First man on the MOON

There's a first time for EVERYTHING

Get the ball ROLLING

Ready set GO

Four minute MILE

Hit your TARGET

Win something by a hair's BREADTH


Round 1. Name The Great Artists

'The Creation Of Adam', 1512

'Mona Lisa', 1506

'The Fighting Temeraire', 1839

'Water Lily Pond', 1899

'The Starry Night', 1889

'The Hay Wain', 1821

'Persistence Of Memory', 1931

'Snow', 2018

'The Dream', 1932

'Coming From The Mill', 1930


Where do all of LS Lowry's paintings depict life?


What was his first top ten hit in 1972?

VIDEO BREAK. There's a great 'Doctor Who' clip here of the artist being taken to the future to see his own artwork on display in an art gallery - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jjWtUpqV9w

ROUND 2. Name The Great Authors

Published in 1954

Published in 1838

Published in 1949

Published in 1997

Published in 1847

Published in 1937

Published in 1902

Published in 1982

Published in 1895

Published in 1960


For which James Bond movie did Carly Simon sing 'Nobody Does It Better'?


Name the album from which this song came?

(Kate Bush broke a record with this song. It was the first to reach number one in 1978 written by a British female artist)

ROUND 3. Great Scientists

Known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission.

Renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization.

Known as the founder of modern nursing in the Crimean war.

Conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.

Invented the television in 1926.

Published 'Origin Of The Species' in 1859.

Came up with 'The Theory Of Relativity' in 1905.

Broke 'The Enigma Code' in 1943.

In 1971, he proposed the 'Area Theorem', which set off a series of fundamental insights about black hole mechanics.

In 2007 he announced the iPhone to the world.


What is the lead singer from 'Blondie's' name?


What year was the last ever VCR (video cassette recorder) made in Japan?

ROUND 4. Great Explorers

He discovered 'The Americas' in 1492.

He circumnavigated the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580.

He is credited for the arrival of tobacco in England on 27th July 1586.

He undertook three expeditions to Africa in the Victorian era. In 1855 he was the first European to see the 'Victoria Falls' on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. His name has become an idiom - "Dr ........... I presume?"

He led the ill fated 'Terra Nova' expedition to Antartica in 1910–1913.

On 29 May 1953, they became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest.

In 1932 she became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

He was the first man to walk on the moon on 20 July 1969.

He was a French undersea explorer who lived 1910-1977. He co-developed the 'AquaLung'.

This natural historian continues to educate us about our planet and all the species living on it. His best work, probably, was the 1970s TV series 'Life On Earth'.


Which northern author wrote the 'Talking Heads' books and plays?

'Climb Every Mountain', The Sound Of Music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvDFoF9sfQA

What was the family's name?

ROUND 5. Great Sporting Heroes

He 'floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee'!

He was the first to run the sub 4 minute mile in 1954.

He raised the 'World Cup' in 1966.

His nickname was 'Beefy'.