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Local History

Local history is a really important part of our history curriculum here at Farsley  Springbank and as such we have embedded some local history into each of our year groups. Learning about our own locality is a key part of understanding our heritage and we are lucky as we have so many amazing opportunties for studying it here!


In Reception, the children begin their history journey by learning about the most local history of all - themselves and their families!


In Year 1, the children build on their understanding of their own personal history by learning all about the time in history when their grandparents were young (the 1960s). During this unit, the children look at how Farsley has changed since the 1960s and get to see lots of local artefacts and images from the 1960's during their showcase! In addition to this unit, the children in Year 1 also look at Isabella Bird, James Cooke and Helen Sharman, explorers through the ages from Yorkshire!


In Year 2, when comparing nurses in their medicine through the ages unit, the children find out more about a local nurse, Nellie Spinder, who was a nurse on the front line during World War One and compare her to Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. Additionally, in their seasides topic later on in the year, they also focus on one of our nearest seaside towns, Scarboroguh, when looking at the history of these resorts.


In Year 3, the children use historical sources which pertain to our local area when learning about Prehistoric Britain so that they can see how our area was a part of this area of history.


In Year 4, the children undertake a large local history unit which focusses on the Victorian era and the Industrial Revolution. During this unit, the children undertake trips to both Saltaire and to our own local mill, Sunnybank Mills to find out more about how this period of history changed our village. 


In Year 5, the children have another opportunity to visit Sunnybank Mills and to find out how it developed as it moved further forwards in time from the Industrial Revolution into World War One. As part of this learning, the children take part in workshops that allow them to learn more about our local role in this pivotal moment of history.


In Year 6, the children further develop their knowledge of our local area by learning a little bit about what happened to Leeds during World War Two. They follow this on when learning about the Vikings in Britain by using one of the largest Viking cities, Jorvik, to enhance their knowledge about what happened under the Danelaw.


Year 4 Industrial Revolution Workshop

Year 5 World War One Workshops