Walk Through the Village
A history-focused enterprise activity developed by a Finnish primary school which brings benefits to the whole school, parents and other members of the community.
A one-day event - a walk through the local village - is organised by student members of the school's history club who act as guides and also present short dramatic scenes along the route based on their research into historical facts about the area.
Purpose and process
The school is keen to encourage co-operation with local residents and uses this activity to give students the opportunity of talking to members of the community, through which they can learn more about the history of the area. History club participants help even the youngest students to become more familiar with where they live by preparing and presenting different dramatic scenes along the route. The whole project is about learning through doing.
- Be guided by their teachers and other adults to perceive the society in which they live from the viewpoints of others
- Begin to develop the capabilities needed for civic involvement
- Practise skills needed for successful entrepreneurship, including:
- communication and learning to co-operate with different people;
- taking responsibility;
- perseverance to achieve a project over time
- Build research skills and knowledge about the history of the local area which can be applied to their study of history at school
Curricular or thematic relevance
The method fits into Finnish national curriculum objectives associated with the cross-curricular 'participatory citizenship and entrepreneurship'.
How to organise:
The day can be organised either as a suspended timetable event or as an extra-curricular activity, e.g. on a weekend; other planning and preparation takes place during extra-curricular history club meetings
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Learning gained through the project and during the walk is documented and evaluated after the day; drama presentations are also recorded
The contribution of local residents and community organisations is essential for enabling history club members to build up a solid profile of the history of the local area; some may also provide support on the day
This activity is especially suitable for helping particular groups of children such as recent immigrants to become familiar with local culture and the home and inheritance of indigenous peoples.
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It's a great idea, if the weather is fine. It's easy to arrange and i suppose quite popular way to get to know more about history of your own surroundings. Suitable also for younger children.
I found this an excellent and creative way to teach young students history and develop their critical thinking. Also important that family and members of the community are engaged.