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Street Detectives

Grab a magnifying glass, put on your deerstalker and change your name to Sherlock because we’re going to become street detectives!


This half term, we’ll follow a route around our local streets and take pictures of the buildings, businesses and plants we can see. Talking to residents about the area will help us understand how the local community could be improved. We’ll learn nursery rhymes, write poetry and create persuasive adverts. Looking at photographs will help us to spot any similarities and differences between the houses and shops of today and the past. We’ll find out about the history of our school and talk to former pupils about their experiences. We’ll also study and draw maps, create a model of a local building, draw portraits of the people we have met and look at the work of urban artists.


At the end of our project, we’ll design posters to advertise a ‘Big spring clean’ around our school before cleaning and tidying the school grounds.

Role Play

As part of this topic we are going to be comparing old and new buildings, and looking at what shops and services are available in our local area. So in keeping with the village - we have transformed our role play corner into a Bakery! 👩‍🍳 


In Geography we have been creating a symbol key and marking places of significance on a map.

Happy 70th Birthday to the Peak District! 

Thank you to Mr McCloy for coming into talk to the children about how Youlgrave is part of the Peak District National Park, which is celebrating its 70th Birthday this year. 

Art, Design and Technology


We created models of Youlgrave buildings. Working in groups, the children had to select the materials that would give their buildings the best finish and structure. Do you recognise any of them?

Year 1 have been thinking about how they could communicate information about caring for their community through images, and have designed their own signs for keeping our village looking beautiful and clean. They include ‘no picking the flowers’, ‘no playing football’ and ‘clean up after your dog’. 

In year 1 we have been looking at old and new houses, comparing and labelling their features such as roofs, chimneys and date plinths. 

In Art, we looked at works by local artists and made our own rural scenes based around a building in the local community. 


Thank you to Peak Feast for letting us visit and see how a real bakery looks inside. Did you know... the bakery use 1,000 eggs a week! 

We couldn’t resist being street detectives along the way 🔍 We looked at buildings from different periods and compared their features.

Thank you to Mr Roper for coming into school and talking to us about Youlgrave and how and why Youlgrave has its own supply. We have also learned lots about the water cycle, We even experimented making it rain 🌧  

We have been learning about how Youlgrave has its own water supply - and how the people living in the village managed without a fresh water supply to their homes. We held a sponsored water walk down to the river to collect water and carry it back to school. We raised an amazing £380.00! 

Looking After Our Community

Part of being a Street Detective means doing our bit to keep our village and community clean and tidy, so Class 1 have been out into the church yard to do our ‘big clean’. We are pleased to say we found very little rubbish in the church yard 😁 

People Who Help Us

Part of our topic has been to learn about people who help us in our community. A big thank you to Dr. Bates for coming in to talk to the children about being a Doctor. The children had fun learning the position of our organs and we have enjoyed our new story book - thank you! 

We had lots of fun when PCSO Morris joined us in school to tell us more about the work of the local Police. The children loved asking LOTS of questions and learning more about how the Police can help us. They especially enjoyed seeing the police car with its lights and sirens!  ðŸš“