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Year A Spring 1 - Street Detectives

Street Detectives


This way or that way? Where should we go? Let's learn about our local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our Mum's and Dad's were young. Make maps and plans of the streets around us, planning our routes. Ready to roll street detectives? Get your clipboards and's time to start investigating!

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We created a timeline of houses in history and then spent time learning about Victorian houses and how different they were to nowadays. We loved hearing what the chamber pot was for!



We used the Digimap for Schools programme to search for a map of Shadworth. It had a cool feature that enabled us to find maps from the past so we compared a map of Shadsworth from 1890 to 2020...there have been a lot of changes!



We had a great time being 'street detectives' in our local area. We spotted lots of physical and human features and even met some of our Mum's and Dad's along the way!

In history we learned about shops from the past so in D.T we decided to work in teams to create our own using different materials. We had a butchers, cobblers, milliners, fishmongers and greengrocers.


We planned our route using a map of the area. We used a key to locate certain human features.



In art we were inspired by the work of L.S Lowry who painted scenes from his local area of Manchester. We used charcoal to recreate one of his famous paintings.

We decided to find out more about our local shop, known fondly as 'Tom's shop'. In English we wrote questions to ask the owner Jay whose Dad (Tom) originally bought the shop and ran it for many years. We learned a lot about his role in the community.

We decided that it was very important to look after our school and local area.We designed posters to encourage others to look after the environment and put their rubbish in the bin. We went out into our school grounds to look for litter that we could collect to put in the bin.