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Grace Darling

SKU SP12CS900640
Key Stage 1 Significant Individuals The Victorian Era History Special People Year 1 Year 2
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Instantly download three fully-resourced Grace Darling KS1 lessons which explore her incredible achievements as a lighthouse keeper's daughter.


These three lessons give your KS1 class the opportunity to discuss Grace Darling's story as well as how lighthouses are used now and in 1838. They will also look at the reaction that the nation had around Grace's daring rescue and the accolades she received.

This three-lesson Grace Darling KS1 pack comes with everything you need to teach your class about her story in 1838. The download includes detailed lesson plans, differentiated activity ideas, engaging lesson slides as well as accompanying printable resources.


In this lesson the children will investigate lighthouses and how they were used before GPS navigation. They will lay a foundation of understanding before looking at Grace Darling's story in the next lesson.

Use the included engaging lesson slides to discuss how lighthouses were used to keep sailors safe along the coasts and around dangerous rocky areas. The children are challenged in the differentiated independent activities to label a lighthouse and use word banks to complete a short description of what a lighthouse, and its keeper does.

Alternatively, why not make a model of a lighthouse with your class to light up your classroom?

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Picture cards
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Challenge card
  • Gallery template

This lesson focuses on the incredible story of how Grace Darling and her father rescued nine people from a shipwreck near the lighthouse where they lived in Northumberland.

The children are challenged to sequence the story of the night that Darling became famous for. There are child-friendly illustrations to help support your children in sequencing the story. You may like to challenge your class to illustrate the story themselves.

The alternative 'Fancy something different...?' activity challenges your class to create freeze frames from Darling's story and take photographs to sequence at a later time.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Picture cards
  • Worksheet
  • Differentiated story cards

This final lesson looks at the effect that Darling had on the nation after her daring rescue. The children will look at and discuss the different ways that Grace Darling became a national hero once people heard of her story.

Challenge your class to become museum curators and write a short paragraph about who Darling was and why we remember her. Or, the children can create their own artwork to commemorate Darling's achievements.

This lesson comes with a detailed lesson plan, engaging lesson slides as well as accompanying printable resources to support your class.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Word bank
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Picture cards
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods

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