Local history lesson for pupils

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Class One pupils at Bishop Thornton Primary recently hosted a History afternoon tea.

Grandparents and local residents attended to talk about how the village and the school have changed over time.

Guests took in an array of historic photographs and the children were fascinated to see old buildings that are no longer there and the new houses and barns that have replaced them.

There were also photographs of some of the children’s parents when they were children and of grandparents and great-grandparents too.

Class One teacher Mrs Ward said: “It is wonderful for the children to be able to learn history from the people who were there.

“We have found out things that are not on the internet or in books.”

She added: “The children had lots of questions - especially about the black and white photographs from the village’s two schools in the 1950s. Who were the children? What games had they played? What did they do after school?

“It was certainly a very different life. Each school had just one classroom and one teacher. Girls all wore skirts and dresses; boys wore short trousers in all weathers and some wore ties.

“Their playground equipment consisted of skittles and hoops and skipping ropes. As they got older, children progressed to responsible jobs, such as filling the inkwells and stoking the stove with coke to keep their classroom warm.”

There were stories too of farm life from a different era - of carrying 10 gallon milk churns out to the milk waggon, or backing a hay cart into a barn that is now a house.