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Local history taught to children

Local history taught to children

Posted: 30th July 2018

A school’s desire to teach young people about the communities they live in was demonstrated with a history day.

Year 5 pupils from various primary schools spent a day at Forest Hall School to take part in the day devoted to the humanities subject.

BMAT, which is responsible for the school, is keen to introduce a more localised history curriculum for its students to give young people more links and awareness of life around them.

Harlow Museum and BMAT teamed up to provide the primary school pupils with a hands-on day of activities and learning.

Pupils were able to handle artefacts, take part in arts and crafts sessions, as well as hearing from experts from the museum including a curator with 20 years’ experience.

Jon Perry, history teacher, said: “The idea of the day was to ensure we get the community involved with activities at Forest Hall and to give younger children an experience of the school before making their secondary school selections.

“It gave pupils a nice experience of history first-hand instead of learning purely from textbooks; it was an exciting opportunity for them.

“At Forest Hall, we want students to look at the local history here in Stansted and so we are building that into our curriculum. It is really important for young people to see where they come from and their position in society to enable them to have a better understanding of their community and, in turn, make them better citizens.”

Year 7 and 8 pupils helped their younger peers to navigate their way through the day, answering any questions they had about attending secondary school.

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