Teachers' Introduction

This learning resource was developed through a partnership between the Berwick Record Office and Early Years Units in the North Northumberland area – SureStart; Spittal First School; St Cuthbert’s RC School; St Mary’s First School and Longridge Towers School.  It was funded as part of a project under the MLA’s Strategic Commissioning Education strand to look at how Archives could be used in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

This topic of “At the Seaside” was developed as it was a subject which young children could relate to and one which the Archives had a number of  photographs, both old and modern which could be used to introduce the theme.


•    To introduce children to the concept of going on holiday and visiting the beach
•    To look at what the beach was like in the past and compare it with today

Age group

•    This lesson is suitable for children in Early Years Units ( Nursery and Reception Classes, 3 -5 years)
•    It compares seaside holidays today with those taken in the past
•    It aims to help young children to develop an understanding of chronology by asking questions such as:

                          a. ‘What were seaside holidays like when our parents/
                              carers and grandparents were young?’, and
                          b. ‘What is different and what is the same about seaside
                               holidays now and then’?.

Click on the links below for:

•    A lesson plan with links to the 5 key Development Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
•    Resource Bank of photographs of Spittal, a seaside resort near Berwick-upon-Tweed which were taken between c.1900 and 2008.

Please note that although the lesson plans and objectives all relate to the EYFS, the resource material can be used and adapted for older children, including Key Stage 1

Click here to view learning outcomes for this unit.

Click here to view ideas on how to develop this topic within or outside the classroom.

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