Key Stage 1 We Are Britain
Seasides

Find out about seaside towns in each of the four countries of the UK and study the history of the seaside holiday. Learn about the coming of the railways and the start of the seaside holiday. Study the life in rock pools and coastal environments. Finish with group puppet show presentations about one of the seaside towns you have studied.

Session 1 Beside the seaside, beside the sea

Objectives

History

  • Understand changes within living memory.
  • Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

Geography

  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features and key human features.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.

Planning and Activities

All aboard! Travel to the seaside. Learn through discovery by investigating different exploratory stations. Make a group puppet theatre in preparation for a puppet performance.

Teaching Outcomes
To begin to understand what a beach holiday is like.
To find capitals in each of the four countries of the UK and name the surrounding seas and popular seaside locations.
Use a range of tools and equipment to make a puppet theatre.

Children will:

  • Begin to understand what a beach holiday is like.
  • Find capitals in each of the four countries, name the surrounding seas and popular seaside locations.
  • Make a simple puppet theatre.

You Will Need

  • Large cardboard box
  • Stanley knife
  • String
  • 2 pillowcases for curtains

Session 2 Tongue Twisters and Ramsgate, England

Objectives

History

  • Understand changes within living memory.
  • Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.

Planning and Activities

Be transported back in time to 1851! Examine Ramsgate sands and compare it to the seaside today.

Teaching Outcomes
To understand how Victorians spent leisure time and consider the similarities and differences of modern holidays.
To make a wooden spoon puppet.

Children will:

  • Use photos and paintings to get a better understanding of how Victorians spent their leisure time.
  • Consider how and why our holidays are similar and different to the Victorian holidays.
  • Make a wooden spoon puppet.

Provided Resources

  • Information sheets covering: Tongue twisters and songs
  • How to make wooden spoon puppets
  • Spot the Difference - Then or Now?

You Will Need

  • Wooden spoons, enough for one per child
  • Different colours of felt
  • Tin foil
  • Tissue paper.

Session 3 The Railway and Tenby, Wales

Objectives

History

  • Understand changes within living memory.
  • Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

Geography

  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.
  • Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features.

Science

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Planning and Activities

Back on the train; discuss history of trains through the image entitled The Railway Station; talk about Isambard Kingdom Brunel´s influence; travel to seaside town of Tenby in Wales, look at life in rock pools, wildlife at the seaside and go scuba diving!

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about how Britain´s railways changed the way people go on holiday.
To use maps to find British capital cities and seaside locations.
To learn about the variety of creatures found at the seashore.

Children will:

  • Learn about how Britain´s railways changed the way people go on holiday.
  • Use maps to find British capital cities and seaside locations.
  • Learn about the variety of creatures found at the seashore.

Provided Resources

  • Information sheets covering: Marking locations on Google Earth
  • How to make a rock pool
  • Activity website links.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 4 Stonehaven, Scotland

Objectives

History

  • Understand changes within living memory.
  • Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

Geography

  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.

Planning and Activities

Travel out to sea with a fishing boat- relax, fish and let your senses guide you. Find out what do people do to relax at the beach and begin preparations for the puppet show.

Teaching Outcomes
To present historical research on seaside towns.
To find seaside locations on a map and identify the countries they are in.

Children will:

  • Present research on seaside towns.
  • Find seaside locations on a map and identify the countries they are in.

You Will Need

  • Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan

Session 5 Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

Objectives

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Geography

  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries.
  • Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features.

Planning and Activities

Travel by sea kayak and survey the coastal environments. Perform a group presentation about a seaside town in assembly.

Teaching Outcomes
To present research to an audience.
To identify and compare different physical environments using aerial photographs and maps.

Children will:

  • Present research to an audience.
  • Identify and compare different physical environments using aerial photographs and maps.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.