This project is a resource for the study of local history, particularly in areas where “nothing important ever happened.” The subject area is SESE – History and is designed for pupils of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes.The aim is to show that every locality has a rich past and to develop an appreciation of, and empathy with, the ways in which people’s lives changed in the 20th century. Skills employed include – · Interviewing· Note-taking · Evaluation of oral, written and physical evidence· Recording· Presentation ICT – The project can involve the use of tape-recorders, digital cameras, word-processing and PowerPoint presentations.The time allowed for the project should be about 4-6 weeks.

What You Need

3rd/4th/5th/6th class

Curriculum Addressed

SESE – History.


  • Local Studies
  • Story· Life
  • Society, work and culture in the past
  • Continuity and change over time

Strand units

  • My family
  • Homes
  • My school
  • Games and pastimes in the past
  • Stories from the lives of people in the past
  • Life during World War 2
  • Food and farming
  • Transport.​


Aims· To develop an appreciation of the way our grandparents and great-grandparents lived· To develop an understanding of the major changes that occurred in the lives of people in the mid 20th century· To develop skills in the recording, evaluation and presentation of historical evidence

Author: Jack Stacey
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