Bringing our history to life

Pupils at Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden, with Charlie Lupton from Make Your Own History
Pupils at Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden, with Charlie Lupton from Make Your Own History

THERE’S nothing like bringing history to life to help you understand it.

Pupils at Castle Hill School have been studying the Tudors, and how they lived, in their history lessons and got a real feel for the period when they helped build a Tudor house in the school hall.

Craftsman Charlie Lupton, of Make Your Own History, visited the school to speak to the children about Tudor building techniques and the tools they used to build their homes and other buildings.

If that sounds a “dry” subject it was anything but as 25 Year 3 pupils then helped Charlie construct the building through the day.

Class teacher Ruth Ainscough said that the building went up in the school hall and also captured the imagination of other pupils who saw the work progress as they went to and from their own lessons and in their lunch hour.

“Charlie worked on the frame of the house with them and got them involved in other activities such as making wattle and daub panels for the house, wooden pegs and a thatched and tiled roof.

“The children absolutely loved it and learned a lot about the buildings they have been studying,” she said.