Exploring Our Local Area: Key Stage Two

These downloadable resources have been created to support Key Stage Two local area and history studies, with creative ideas and inspiration for cross-curricular working – in the classroom and for learning at home. Key Stage Three resources are also available.

How to Use the Resources

The resources provide images, video and information on objects in the collection to guide pupils through six local history themes:

  • Local Landscapes
  • Prehistoric People
  • Feeding the People
  • Working Life
  • Arrival of the Railways
  • Everyday Life in Victorian England

Although the objects and stories are closely linked to Settle and North Craven, the pack can be used to fit with broader classroom and home teaching about life in the past and inspiration for creative activities. National Curriculum links and learning objectives are provided.

Alongside guidance notes containing background information and delivery notes for teachers and parents, there is an accompanying power point presentation for use in the classroom.

There is also a Local Area Study Exhibition Support Resource, with tips on how to create a local area exhibition in school, using the work pupils create.

Structure of Each Resource

  • Engage – each theme is introduced through an object from the museum. A video introducing the object and explaining how it links to the theme is available on the accompanying power point presentations
  • Enquiry – a Key Question for students to critically consider
  • Evidence – museum objects and information provided for students to work through and reach their own conclusion to the Key Question
  • Explain – pupils use the evidence to answer the Key Question, through a piece of creative writing
  • Explore – activity to extend learning
  • Creative Connections – an inspiration gallery of images and ideas for further literacy and creative work


The Museum of North Craven Life would like to thank Amy Baggaley for the creation of these resources which were funded by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.