St James’ Local History Learning Package for
Key Stage 2
Benwell, Elswick and Scotswood are in the middle of big changes.
This is not new!
When St James’ Church was built almost 200 years ago,a century of big changes was just beginning Newcastle was expanding into the surrounding countryside and outlying villages were becoming suburbs.
This learning package helps children understand their locality’s changing past by bringing to life six people buried in the graveyard of a significant local building – St James’ Church on Benwell Lane, Newcastle.
What’s in the learning package?
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To get you started view and download these two introductory pdfs first
View these to help you decide what resources to use
intro ppt slideshow – each slide has notes on the places and people in the history hunt
St James’ biographies – the six families investigated in the history hunt
More useful information on the St James’ website
History Hunters scheme of work
These are the pdfs and slideshow needed to run the complete scheme of work
Step1 Visit the graveyard What can the gravestones can tell us about six people’s lives?
Step 2 Investigate artefacts Which of the six people could they have belonged to?
Step 3 Investigate census records What do they tell us about the local area or the people?
Step 4 Investigate maps and images What more can we learn from these?
Step 5 Produce a report for the St James’ Heritage & Environment Group
These activities supplement the core steps but could also replace some of them.
Ryan’s death mystery
Making a century timeline