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									Mapping the Streets Playground/school hall activity

Key Stage: 2

Resources: maps of the local area (past & present)
           old photographs of the local area
           chalk/wooden stakes & plastic barrier tape
           card & markers (for street signs)
           question form
           40 rolls of masking tape!
           paint, brushes and rollers

Activity summary:
 Pupils compare maps past and present and identify the
  changes that have taken place in the local street patterns
 They ask local residents to share their memories of what it was
  like to live in the streets at that time
 The activity involves pupils marking out the old street patterns in
  the school playground or the hall
 Pupils can mark on their street plan where they and other
  members of the community live
 Links can be made with National Curriculum schemes of work:
              Art& Design: Unit 6C A Sense of Place, Unit 2C Can
              Buildings Speak?
              ICT: Unit 5B Analysing Data
              History: Unit 18 What was it like to live here in the
              Geography: Unit 1 Making connections, Unit 5
              Exploring England, Unit 6 Investigating our local area,
          Unit 25 Geography & numbers, Unit 1 KS3 Around our
          school and the local area
 Extension tasks:
          Art & Design: Abstraction; develop the street patterns
          and names into repeated printed designs on fabric.
          Make an artefact out of the fabric that reflects absence
          or symbolises an aspect of life in the past.
          Literacy: Research the history of the local area. Write a
          story about what it might have been like to live in the
          neighbourhood in the past.
          Geography: Investigate street patterns in another
          area/contrasting context and compare findings

This activity was designed by Salford artist Leslie Holmes working
with artist Marie Cash and 88 Year 5 pupils from St Clements CE,
Radclyffe Community, and St Joseph’s RC primary schools, in
Salford, Greater Manchester. The project, ‘Painting the Ordsall
Triangle,’ was funded by Architecture Week 2002.
      Since 1922, 95% of the local streets in this inner-city area
have been demolished. Most of the churches remain yet only one
of the original 83 pubs. The pupils looked at old maps and marked
out the streets that were located on the site of their playing fields.
Older members of the community visited the school and shared
their memories of life in the streets at that time.
      The entire Ordsall Triangle was mapped onto the gym floor
of Salford Lad’s Club, with help from Year 10 pupils from Hope
High School. More than 1000 people visited the event and marked
where they had lived onto the 11x10 metre map. All the estate’s 83
original pubs were also added. The project served to acknowledge
the dramatic changes and redevelopment that had taken place in
the neighbourhood, commemorate the memories of times past and
celebrate the local heritage.
      Photographs by Jonathan Purcell and Bernadette Wright

Lesson Plan:
Introduce maps past and present
1.    Compare maps and identify the changes in the street
patterns. (Maps of Ordsall in 2000 and 1922)
     Ask pupils to trace a section of each map on separate sheets
     of tracing paper using different colours and overlay them to
     see the changes.

Ask local community members to participate
2.    Bring the project alive by asking older members of the local
community, family or friends to share their memories of life in the
streets and compare them with life now.

     Consider what elements contribute to a sense of community;
     places of worship, pubs, schools, shops. What has changed?
     (Keywords: street patterns, development, regeneration,
     sustainable housing, community)

3.   Using a simple form ask pupils to collect as many names and
addresses of people who used to live in the streets in the area

Measure the width of the streets, buildings, alleyways
4.    Divide into small groups and measure the width of the
surrounding streets, houses and alleyways.

     Ask pupils to stand in a line using outstretched arms.
     Ask them to log their findings.
     Convert findings into an appropriate scale for the playground
     or hall e.g. one pupil = 100 cm

Map a section of the streets in the playground/playing field
5.    Select a section of the old map and divide it into equal
sections using a simple grid. Using the scale, map out the main
streets using chalk, stakes or bricks and plastic barrier tape.

     Divide pupils into smaller groups and divide the sections
     into houses

Map an area in the school hall
6.    Select a section of the old map and divide it into equal
sections using a grid. Using an appropriate scale, map out the
main streets using masking tape.

7.   Add the remaining streets
8.   Divide the streets into houses

Paint the sections
9.   Using paint infill the areas mapped out with masking tape

The final map
10. Remove the masking tape to leave the painted blocks
11.    Using a pink marker pen add the names of the streets
12.    Add the names of the people who lived in the streets in white

 The intention is that this project would be adapted into an
  activity appropriate for the school timetable (this version took 12
  days to make)
 The support of a classroom assistant or parents is helpful
 Alternatively the project could be led by a local artist
 Contact the local planning department, local builders and
  architects for help with making the map. (Salford and Trafford
  EAZ helped co-ordinate the project with local companies.)
 Streets could be mapped out in the playground using chalk
 Wooden stakes and plastic barrier tape (Zebra tape) can be
  sourced from a large builders merchants such as Wicks or
  Travis Perkins.
 Alternative materials for the map could be to create it on large
  paper, or builders’ sheet plastic, securely taped to the floor,
  string can be helpful when marking out the long lines.
 Local maps can be sourced from the local planning department,
  library or HMSO bookshop.
 Past residents can be sourced from the local library for a
  current register of electors and the local history library for a past
  register of electors.
 Collecting names: question forms can be left in local shops, the
  library and sent home via other classes.
 Use Excel to create a simple database of names, these can
  then be sorted by street, odd or even house number.
 The involvement of the local community was an integral in
  bringing the past alive.
 The final map could be used as the focus for a public event.

Photographer: Jonathan Purcell
Mapping the Streets demonstration

Find a map and highlight an area      Compare street patterns past & present

Apply a simple grid                  Select an area where the school is
                                     Orange=school grounds, Red=school

Ask members of the community to visit Find out where people used to live
Measure width of streets and buildings Gather mallets, gloves, stakes & tape

Map out a street/streets in the grounds Label the streets

Divide the street into houses          Clear up at the end!

Plan the scale of the map to be painted Mark out the main streets with masking tape
Follow the gridded sections on the map Add houses to the spaces in-between

Fill in the gaps with paint           Use the masking tape as the guide

Remove the tape and add street names Add the names of residents

Completed map                         Share it with the community

Work completed by 88 Year 5 pupils at St Clements CE, Radclyffe Community, and
St Joseph’s RC primary schools, in Salford, Manchester and Year 10 pupils at Hope
High School.
What they said about it Responses by the Ordsall Community

“The children had a great time marking out the old streets on their
school playing fields but were shocked to discover that the toilets
were outside and nobody had a garden to play in.”
Leslie Holmes, Artist

“I found out that at one stage 300 children lived on one street!”
Emma Benjamin, Walker Simpson Architects

“It took us two evenings to place all the 83 pubs on the map and
then we could only agree on 82.”
Brian Ball, Secretary of Salford Lad’s Club, who grew up on the
street with 300 children

“Regeneration of people and not just the area is important for
sustainability. Salford is our major base and we would like to return
something back to our local community.”
David Pelham, Amec Developments

“Beautiful and poignant.”
Noah Rose, Old Trafford

“Gives a very graphic view of the density of the housing then.”
Jonathon Dale, Coronation Street, Ordsall

"It brought back wonderful memories of my life in Pritchard Street
and Cass Street."
Margaret Fagan, Salford (Margaret sent a letter listing everyone
who lived in Pritchard Street, this was one of the streets bombed
during World War 2)

"Very evocative and informative, it helps to keep a valuable
heritage alive."
Peter Quigley, from Eccles, a former resident who grew up in

"Fascinating, excellent way of bringing community history to life."
Ross Spanner, Ordsall Neighbourhood Officer

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