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Local Study Planning Framework
Learning Objectives Suggested Teaching Activities and Sources Links


  • about the importance of 'community'

How do you define your locality?

Scope in NC to choose from street, estate, village, district, town or region, according to project/age of pupils. Ask pupils what they regard as 'their community'.

Where the local study fits in

QCA schemes of work

  • to develop awareness of their built environment, sense of pride and involvement

Are there any listed buildings? What can they tell you about the area? How are they being used and what condition are they in?

Search the Images of England site to identify, check the Buildings at Risk register for those that appear to have problems. Visit them and ask pupils for memories and ideas for future.

Tracing the history of a building

  • to make deductions from physical evidence
  • to communicate information


Which buildings were/are important to a/the community? Is there a parish church or other faith building?

Walk round area, identify buildings, pupils to choose one to research, or all visit parish church to obtain history and look at graves/memorials. Make a town/village trail or tourist leaflet

Pevsner 'Looking At Buildings'

Tracing the history of a building

  • to find out about the past from different written sources

What are/were the main sources of employment?

Research in trade directories, official town guides, employment commissions. Make a chart/map to record information at key dates.


Victoria County History

  • to interpret information from a range of sources

What were the main periods of house building and why were houses built then?

Research using aerial photographs, building plans, maps. Annotate a modern map using a key to show main periods and areas of development.


Victoria County History

  • that communities are about people and that they change

When did people move into the area, why and where from? What effects did this have?

Research census 1841 - 1901, school admission registers, old newspspers. Make a timeline.


Victoria County History

  • to develop skills of accurate observation and recording

Have any famous/ influential people lived there? What evidence is there today?

Look for memorials, blue plaques etc. Contact local history society. Visit local web site. Produce a leaflet for the local tourist information office or website.


English Heritage Education

  • to understand how communities were/are organised

When was education first provided and by whom? Who benefited? Compare to modern provision.

Research trade directories, school records, parish histories. Compare on a chart.


Victoria County History

  • to understand how communities relate to the wider world

How and why have people in the locality communicated/traveled within the area and outside?

Research maps, trade directories, official guides, records of turnpike trusts, canal companies etc. Produce a diagram with your community at the centre.


Victoria County History

  • to view events from different perspectives

Has the area been caught up in national events? Is there any evidence left today?

Look for memorials, research parish histories, trade directories, old newspapers, websites


War Memorials


  • to understand how people lived in the past

What were living conditions like in the area in the Victorian period/1930s etc.?

Research census for family sizes [Victorians only], health reports, parish registers for burial records, school log books for epidemics. Present information in a report.

  • that the area has changed at different times in the past

How has land use changed from the nineteenth century to the present?

OS maps, tithe map, aerial photographs, estate maps, sale catalogues. Produce a series of annotated sketch maps, present in a power point presentation.



  • to synthesise information and make a judgment based on evidence

What was it like to live here in the past, what is it like now and how would you/other people like it to be in the future?

Investigate oral history, recorded for the project or from the local history society or local archives/local studies library. Write a script for a local radio station feature.

Citizenship [Old Orphanage project]

Follow the links to find more information on sources or to view an exemplar study of Wolsingham, County Durham.

Follow any of the links below for more information on local studies

Why study the local area? : Where the local study fits in :

Please note that the inclusion of a listed building on this website does not mean it is open to the public.