Time-travelling children delve into town’s history

Time tunnel exhibition at Field Lane Primary School, Rastrick.'Children who produced the exhibition, with Shania Parkin, 10, front left, and Kacey Beal, 11, front right, with their display about St Matthew's Church.
Time tunnel exhibition at Field Lane Primary School, Rastrick.'Children who produced the exhibition, with Shania Parkin, 10, front left, and Kacey Beal, 11, front right, with their display about St Matthew's Church.

Youngsters delved back into the history books and learned about some of the most iconic buildings in the Brighouse area.

Year Five and Six pupils at Field Lane Primary School, Rastrick, took part in the Time Tunnel Project and looked at how buildings and Brighouse town centre have changed over the decades.

As part of the school’s primary international curriculum, they visited St Matthew’s Church, Rastrick, to tie in with the building’s 650th anniversary.

Teacher Sara Cooper said: “The children found the visit very interesting. They had prepared questions for the Rev Stephen Hannam and found out more about the church. They also walked around the graveyard.

“We went to the Arncliffe Centre and had a chat with some of the residents about the changes in the area which was lovely for the pupils to talk to them.”

The history of their school, buildings in Brighouse town centre, Rastrick library and the Sugden’s Old Flour Mill on Mill Royd Street - the current home of Rokt climbing gym - was also explored.

Children then worked in groups to put together an exhibition of their designated building. They took on the roles of museum staff answering questions and explaining to staff, friends and parents the interesting past of their building.

“It was a real celebration of the school and a real community event,” added Miss Cooper.