This learning resource was developed as part of a project with Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats and two Newbiggin primary schools. It focuses on the fishing history of Newbiggin, but can be used more generally as a resource to learn about working communities in the early 20th century. Additionally, it introduces Key Stage 2 pupils to archival sources such as maps, census records, newspapers and photographs and how they can be used as evidence.
Pupils investigate the changes that took place in the fishing village between 1860 and 1920 and use archive photographs and census records to learn about the jobs people worked in. They then become 'history detectives' to learn about a fishing disaster that took place in Newbiggin.
The central enquiry questions are
1.) How and why did Newbiggin change between 1860 and 1920?
2.) What jobs did people in Newbiggin do in the early 20th century.
3.) What were women's roles in the fishing community?
4.) What happened in Newbiggin on December 9th 1906?