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This week’s assembly is about local history and how the environment around us provides a rich source of information about the past.

Main assembly (Preview)

By John Davisteacher and freelance writer

In this assembly…

Key ideas

  • To introduce the idea that an investigation of the area immediately around the school and children’s homes can tell us much about the past and how people used to live.
  • To suggest that there is much visual historical evidence to be found in local buildings and monuments, and so on.
  • To emphasise the abundance of visual historical evidence to be found in posters, photographs, postcards, drawings, and so on, and, in more recent times, 8mm and video camera film.
  • To encourage children to find, handle, examine and speculate about artefacts from the past.
  • To recognise the richness of past experiences that can be related orally by parents, grandparents and friends of the school.
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