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Farnley Tyas children learn about village history through new housing estate

Building methods and village changes explained by Farnley Estates chief

Farnley Tyas First School children learned about house building on a visit to Farnley Estates.

Children enjoyed a history lesson with a difference to learn about how houses are built.

Kitted out in hard hats, youngsters from Farnley Tyas School visited Beech Farm housing development in the village, to see how the new homes are built.

Farnley Estates director and keen historian John Sykes then told the children more about how villages such as Farnley Tyas had evolved over the centuries, due to the changes in farming and lifestyles.

Head teacher Claire Minogue said: “Visiting the Beech Farm development was a great way to bring many aspects of education to life for the children. As well as the history of the site, they also discovered more about why different materials are used.

“We even brought maths and art into field trip, with the children identifying different shapes and looking at the different textures of the buildings.

“We’ve already had enquiries about school places for children of families who have bought one of the Beech Farm houses, so this development will be important for the school,” added Claire.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their field trip, with one child asking: “I’ve had a lovely time, can we come back when the houses are finished?”

John is keen to encourage greater use of estate land for educational purposes and encourages schools in the region to get in touch.

He said: “Farnley Estates has a great deal to offer in terms of education. Some of our ancient woodlands date back to the time of Henry VIII, and as the young pupils discovered, new developments such as Beech Farm, can be used as teaching resources for history, construction, architecture and much more.”

Schools or colleges interested in visiting Farnley Estate for educational purposes can enquire by calling 01484 665544 or emailing info@farnleyestates.co.uk

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