Y2 spent an interesting afternoon in the Kingston History Centre learning about Our Local Area – New Malden. They discovered the meaning of primary and secondary sources through looking at examples of old OS maps and photographs in the process of uncovering more interesting facts about the history of New Malden.
Children compared two examples of OS maps to appreciate the massive changes in population and land use since the construction of the railway station. They also investigated changes in the High Street using two Goad maps. Finally, they were called upon to test their powers of observation and reasoning skills to explain differences in modes of transport and fashion through looking at photographs of the High Street both old and new. The children learned a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed the workshop as they said when thanking the Kingston History Centre staff for all their hard work.