History KS1 / KS2: Grace Darling

Grace Darling tells the story of her life, and describes the night she and her father rowed out in their tiny boat to save nine sailors.

Told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, music and animation.

We see Grace growing up in the lighthouse, and the night the storm breaks.

Grace spots people in the waves and, determined to try and save them, rows out into the storm with her father to try to rescue them.

By the time they returned to the lighthouse, they had saved nine souls who would otherwise have perished.

It was an extraordinary act of bravery that made Grace famous.

This clips is from the series True Stories.

Teacher Notes

After watching the first part of the film pupils might like to think about how different it must have been for Grace living in a lighthouse.

What would have been the good things about living in a lighthouse, and what not so good?

After rescuing the people from the storm, Grace says that 'perhaps she was brave.' Do the pupils think she was brave?

Did she deserve all the attention from newspapers and painters?

Do they agree with Grace that the attention and fame was because she was a girl?

Pupils could research other ordinary people who might be - or who deserve to be - famous for doing extraordinary things.

Can pupils come up with a set of reasons (or criteria) why people should be famous, or as historians say, significant?

Curriculum Notes

This clip would be relevant for teaching History at KS1 and KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, Foundation Phase in Wales and First and Second Level in Scotland.

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