Teaching Going to the Seaside and castles at KS1

The skill in planning a topic on the Seaside is not to make it too static. Building in still imaging of activities on an Edwardian beach, a quick burst of ‘I do like to be beside the seaside’ or writing an authentic postcard home, can enliven the topic, which works really well in Year 1 term 3. For those of you wanting to teach this in summer of Year 2 a word of warning. Try to go beyond the simple ‘then and now’ to look at the concept of change through time. By looking at the 1950s as well as today and 1900, children will be able to talk about three periods of time.

Castles is a great topic. Not only does it make the Homes topic really come alive, but it also helps low attaining pupils to grasp what really old means. The contrasts with the present are so clear-cut that all can get involved. And they love it! Build in a visit and the whole topic takes off!

What did people do at the seaside 100 years ago? KQ2

From mime to movie. SMART TASK

This fun activity is carried out by children working on tables of six.  Half the class work on one image, the other half  on another interesting image.  Each table is given an A4 colour picture either A or B.  For...
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Planning for a cross-curricular topic on Going to the Seaside

This advice with associated downloadable resource below is for KS1 teachers planning a cross-curricular topic and focuses on how to integrate history, geography, literacy and ICT. Start the topic with a brief discussion with the children about where they are going on their summer...
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How do we know what holidays were like 100 years ago? KQ3

Designing an authentic Edwardian Seaside Poster

This KS1 history lesson uses the Mantle of the Expert approach to place pupils in role as historical advisers to a film producer.  Their job is to create an historically accurate poster which will trail the new film set...
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Spying on your rival lord’s latest new castle

This is a really fun way of helping children to look closely at the detail of a medieval castle.  They are cast in the role of spies for their local lord ( Earl Fuddy Fuddy), who has an old-fashioned castle.  He has heard that his...
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KS1 History Planning for Going to the Seaside topic

Medium term planning and planner for Going to the Seaside KS1

This history topic has been designed to be taught in Year 1 Term 3 and the literacy links make that assumption but there is plenty of challenge for Y2 pupils as well.  The downloadable planner...
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Seaside Holidays Keystage 1

This topic lends itself well to engaging  grandparents in particular, in reminiscing about their childhood holidays. Because children can ask questions of adults they can collect vital information which can then be stored electronically using the simplest of databases. Results from different classes can then be...
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