Year 2 braved the bracing North East weather for an exciting adventure to Cullercoats as part of our Heritage School programme of study. The aim of this unit of work is to introduce girls to the idea of using primary sources of evidence as a way of learning about the past. We also want girls to be immersed in our rich local heritage.

The visit consisted of a learning walk led by our Heritage School Support Manager. There,

Year 2 learnt about the history of this once important fishing town nestled between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. They studied the history of buildings including The Watch Tower, built on the sea front as a look out post for volunteer lifeguards, and were fascinated by the story of Cliff House with its hidden tunnels stretching out to sea to aid smugglers as they landed their illicit cargos of contraband.

Some girls learnt about the navigation beacons still used today to guide fishing boats into the harbour in daylight or at night, whilst others visited Simpson’s Cottages, a street of old fishermen’s cottages, the last remaining examples left in the village. Each small cottage consists of two rooms downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs in the attic. Back in school, the information gathered is being used by each girl to produce an information booklet about Cullercoats, an enjoyable project which combines History and Literacy skills.

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