There are some great advantages to the inclusion of local history into the curriculum. It becomes relevant to the lives of the children, giving them an improved sense of identity and place through engagement with the ‘real thing’.
Not only is local history a significant part of the primary National Curriculum but where we live and grow up is an important part of who we are.
The children in year six are stuying conflict and resolution, which compares and contrasts WW1 and WW2 and the changes that came about in our society because of these conflicts.
We are lucky enough to have the original log books from when Cavendish opened as well as a record of some of our original Cavendish "brilliant citizens". They are a fascinating read. However, we have also been treated to some original artefacts from one of our year 6 families, dating back to before World War 1 with a wonderful anecdote.
We have also received some great artefacts and photos relating to World Waw War 2. There is a snuff box belonging to Elizabeth's great great great Grandad, a shaving kit that was used in WW1 and a cigarette case that Elizabeth's Grandad stopped to pick up (strictly against orders) when he was running away from the enemy.