On Tuesday 2nd May, pupils at the Prep School were fortunate enough to be visited by an associate from Google Expeditions. This is a new app developed by Google to open up the classroom for an immersive learning experience, helping teachers to demonstrate learning in a unique way by leading pupils on a virtual reality field trip.

Every pupil from Years 1-8 was involved in the workshops, in which a leading year group teacher chose an ‘Expedition’ that either linked in with past, present or future learning from the curriculum, or enriched pupils’ knowledge through a new curriculum topic by diving into a series of wow experiences, such as ‘Swimming with sharks’.

Year 1 submerged themselves in an ‘Ocean Safari’, linked to their learning in Geography, whilst Year 2 learnt about one of the great children’s authors, working through the ‘Roald Dahl: Phizz Whizzing’ expedition. Year 3 were enriched through an ‘Underwater Excursion’, followed by Year 4 who stepped back in time as they visited the pyramids of ‘Ancient Egypt’ to support their learning across the Humanities subjects. Year 5 were literally taken out of this world as they explored the visual wonders of the ‘Solar System’, whilst Year 6 linked into their studies in English with an expedition on ‘Charles Dickens’. Year 7 were split across two expeditions as they undertook a ‘Medieval Castle Expedition to Castle Rushden’ as part of their History Study, or were virtual visitors to various museums to look at ‘Impressionist Art’. Year 8’s expedition took them to the trenches of the World War 1 battlefields, linking in with the centenary of the Great War by looking at the ‘Ypres WW1’ expedition.

The pupils clearly enjoyed the alternative approach to learning, and hopefully will have left feeling inspired to undertake virtual and real-life ‘expeditions’ of their own.

Ross Irwin – Director of Studies Learning

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