Young explorers bring up the past and make do and mend. . .

Mytholmroyd history exhibition by pupils at Burnley Road Primary School, Mytholmroyd.'Class three's exhibit with, from the left, Natalie Neale, seven, Finlay Penman, seven, Emily Morgan, seven, George Dillon, seven, Lily Burns, seven, and Billy Blacker, eight.
Mytholmroyd history exhibition by pupils at Burnley Road Primary School, Mytholmroyd.'Class three's exhibit with, from the left, Natalie Neale, seven, Finlay Penman, seven, Emily Morgan, seven, George Dillon, seven, Lily Burns, seven, and Billy Blacker, eight.

Youngsters dug up the past as they investigated the history of the upper Calder Valley.

Pupils at Burnley Road Academy, Mytholmroyd, spent a week exploring the village before presenting their findings at a special exhibition.

Burnley Road Primary School pupils Oliver Whitehouse, seven, and Imogen Smith, six, with extended schools coordinator Rowena Sweeney

Burnley Road Primary School pupils Oliver Whitehouse, seven, and Imogen Smith, six, with extended schools coordinator Rowena Sweeney

And children at Shade Primary School, Todmorden, experienced what life would have been like during the Second World War.

The week of activities at Burnley Road Academy titled “Mytholmroyd and beyond - an investigation” began with a grand opening by Mayor of Hebden Royd Coun Karl Boggis.

He gave a short presentation on the history of the area and wished the children luck with their investigations.

The week was filled with trips around the village, visitors coming in to talk to the children, and pupils working on various topics about the local area.

The project culminated with a presentation of the children’s work and findings in the academy’s hall. Headteacher Pam Saville said: “This was an absolutely fantastic week.

“The children and adults have learned so much about the local area using first hand experiences.”

Parents and friends were invited, along with Coun Boggis, to close the event with an open assembly to celebrate the children’s hard work.

The project at Shade saw year six children and their parents learning alongside each other in a special activity week.

“Make do and Mend” saw them making wheat bags with scraps of material and aprons.

“Dig for Victory” involved a makeover of the garden beds and planting of winter vegetables while, back in the classroom, ration cooking sessions took place.

One of the items on the menu was corned beef fritters, which proved very popular.

Helen Clarkson, year six teacher, said: “It has been a great opportunity for the parents to learn alongside their children.”

Each class at the school will be hosting a similar week during the academic year.