Farsley Farfield Year 2

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What would Farsley have looked like when Florence Nightingale was alive?

Thursday 24th October | 2 comments

Over the past couple of weeks, Year 2 have been investigating what Florence Nightingale would have seen if she had visited Farsley during the Victorian Times.

We started off our work by looking at modern maps of Farsley and familiarising ourselves with them. We played games such as ‘Where’s Wally?’ and we tried to find different pictures that roads and buildings made in the maps. The children located familiar roads and buildings.

We then made a tracing of the modern maps and added ‘memory markers’ such as our school, the cricket ground, the church and the ring road. The children then placed the traced map on top of an identical map of Farsley from 1894. We compared the two maps and looked at what was the same and what was different.

We tried to find Farsley Farfield Primary School but discovered that it hadn’t been built yet and instead of a school, there was a farm called Cote Farm where school should be. The children very quickly made the connection between Cote Farm and the name of the road that school is on – Cote Lane.

Following the map work, we took the children on a walk to Farsley Town Street. On the way, we looked at the Victorian map from 1894 and discovered that all the estate outside school used to be fields! We did spot some buildings en route that Florence would have seen in 1894. Once on Town Street, we compared photographs taken in Victorian Times to what we can see today. We stood and took modern photos on the same places that the people taking the photographs in Victorian Times would have stood.

What do you recognise? What has changed? What remains the same?

The children’s next task was to create pic.collage posters ‘Comparing Town Street Now and Then’.

Here are some of the children’s posters:

The children were then introduced to the idea of Listed Buildings. They had to pretend to work for Historic England and decide which buildings should go on the list and why. The children were very surprised when found out which buildings were really on ‘The List’. Did you know that 514 pig sties are protected?

The children had a debate about whether they thought Cote Farm should have been knocked down to build Farsley Farfield Primary School. They came up with some fantastic arguments for and against the decision. Here they are voting with their feet as to whether they agree or not:

The children then looked at which buildings in Farsley are on ‘The List’. We discovered that St. John’s Church, The Old Headmaster’s House and the Old National School are all listed buildings.

Our next task was to visit the Old Headmaster’s House, the Old National Farsley Schools, St. John’s Sunday School and St. John’s Church. All these buildings were built in Victorian times. We took photos of these buildings and used the photos to inspire our art work.

We were very impressed with the artwork that the children produced.

We are very excited as we are hoping to enhance ‘The List’ on Historic England’s website with our amazing artwork and photos. It may take a few days for our work to appear on the website. This is the address if you fancy taking a look:


2 responses to “What would Farsley have looked like when Florence Nightingale was alive?”

  1. Jaideep's mum says:

    Well done everyone

  2. Annie Preston’s mum says:

    Your artwork is wonderful! Annie enjoyed pointing out some of these historic buildings to us.

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