The Y3 pupils took part in further fieldwork this week following on from the survey they conducted in Bakewell. This time they looked at the smaller settlements of Great Longstone and Little Longstone.
Our village investigation took place on a dry, but cool May morning, with the Year 3 classes heading out to Great and Little Longstone. The aim of the trip was to compare the two villages in terms of size, shape and the type of amenity they offer.
Wandering around Great Longstone, the students were given a booklet which included a survey sheet, maps of the two villages and plenty of plain paper for artistic sketches. We walked through the village with the intention of looking at its variety of houses and it was plain to see that a majority of the houses are of a traditional build. However some of the more aware students pointed out that even though some houses were modern, they were built in a similar way to the traditional houses. Mrs Whawell was able to explain about the Peak Park Authority, and the many restrictions on building, meaning that the new houses have to be built in a traditional style to retain the look of the area. After a short walk, the children settled down to some creative drawing of a traditional and modern house.
Everybody enjoyed walking in the glorious sunshine, and we noticed that the two villages, even though they are close together are a completely different shape, one being nucleated and the other linear. On our route through Great and Little Longstone, we were given a small task, which was to spot any service provisions provided in the villages. This included places such as shops, pubs, post boxes and even bus stops.
The children were treated to ten minutes of studying the oncoming traffic, from a comfy perch on the village green in Great Longstone to leaning against a stile and gates in Little Longstone. We noted that out of the two villages, Great Longstone was the busiest, as more cars and people were counted in the allotted traffic count time.
After having a good look around Great Longstone, we had a drink and biscuit, which were devoured at the playground, this being the most popular village amenity so far!
We then walked across meadows, saying hello to some cows and sheep on the way, to Little Longstone, where we added to our investigation. We finished the morning by walking up to the chapel, where we drew its impressive façade and enjoyed the sunshine and surrounding views.
Thu, May 10, 2012