As part of the Darshill and Bowlish Heritage Project (DBHP), we committed to working with local schools to raise awareness of local history and make it real for children and their families.
The document ‘Unit for key stages 1 and 2 – Local History and Geography Exploring the Woollen and Subsequent Silk Industry’ represents a distillation of the work undertaken. It provides details and resources that can support a school wishing to enhance learning at key stages 1 and 2 (with the possibility of enhancement to meet key stage 3 learning requirements) for history and geography programmes of study.
You will find a folder containing supporting resources and detailed information linked to each of the six activities. Content is not exhaustive but offers a starting point for teachers to explore similar items appropriate to your location and history.
We are indebted to all the teachers of the schools we visited but in particular Vicki Clark (St Paul’s Junior School, Shepton Mallet) for the support she gave, both in putting on the initial days of activities and providing positive feedback on the development of this learning unit.
Our thanks also go to the group of volunteers from the community who made costumes and delivered the activities. We could not have done this piece of work without the input of all these people.