The history of your local area is all around you! We encourage you to get out into the open and explore your locality.
These activities are designed to help you do just that.
They cover a range of cross curricular topics and have a Local History focus. They are intended to complement field trips, walks and outside investigations of your local area.
Many of the activities have been tried and tested by school pupils many of whom visited Chat Moss, a large area of peat bog covering Irlam, Barton, Little Woolden, Cadishead and Great Woolden Mosses. They can, of course, be adapted to suit your own locality.
Remember to remind everyone to be a responsible walker! Respect private land by sticking to public footpaths. Be aware of farm and general traffic, and leave the wildlife in peace.
Look around you! Use all the letters in the alphabet to describe the area and things you can see around you. Try and think of as many words as possible for each letter of the alphabet. Download the worksheet provided for this activity.
Alternatively, use the name of the place you are visiting to form your acrostic.
Arrange a visit to an area near your school, for example a local park.
Ask the children to draw themselves and the things that they can see around them.
Viewfinders are a great way of focusing attention on details or buildings and encouraging learners to look carefully at something.
Read all about it! Write a newspaper article on one of the following subjects: –
Your visit to a local area
A historic event or well known local person from the past
To get you started, here are some tips:
Choose a photograph to study.
Develop the dialogue between 2 characters from the photographs. Work in pairs and act out these unique conversations.
Invite people from local community to come in and talk about their experiences
Prepare questions to ask and interview them.
Use the answers to these questions to inform debate, literacy or creative work
Try creating a mosaic depicting the story of your local area. Use old photographs for inspiration. This worksheet will show you how to do it using card and lasagne sheets!
Some suggested ideas to get you started:
Create a puppet show to tell some of the stories of your area. Look at old photos and use these to help you identify the characters and design the costumes for the puppets.
Wooden spoon puppets are quick to make and will let you easily create your own puppet characters to tell stories.
Find or create a story that you like and want to turn it into a puppet show and let this guide the puppet characters that you make.
Pupils will really enjoy these quick fun activities! The drawing with two hands activity really engages both sides of the brain.
Create a large textile wall hanging using a variety of different techniques and stitches. The completed felt pieces can be used to make a variety of different things, such as pictures, mobile phone covers and purses. The felt can easily be stitched and buttons, beads and ribbons can be attached to embellish your piece.