As part of their English, Geography and ICT work linked to the theme of exploration, the First Form visited the Cutty Sark and the Maritime Museum last week, where they explored The Big Map and took part in a production of ‘Against Captain’s Orders’.
First port of call was the Cutty Sark – a restored Tea Clipper. The pupils had great fun finding out about the ship’s history and what it was like to have been a member of the crew. They used the school iPads and the Thinglink App to create an information page to support their work back at school.
Next stop was the Big Map. This giant-sized map space provided an excellent way for our pupils to navigate around the world using iPads. The starting point was London, where each group collected items for their journey and a crew. As they journeyed to far flung countries, they clocked up many days at sea and took on board spices, silks, tea and wool for transporting back home. Some pupils had still not returned after three years at sea! On hand to help was a crew member from Sir Francis Drake’s voyage of discovery. He was keen to tell the children about the ship’s
biscuits which were unbreakable and full of maggots. These had to be banged forcefully on a table to remove any friendly inmates before eating!
The final part of the visit involved a theatre production with a difference. Our pupils were involved in a secret mission to find some important explorers’ artefacts. They had to travel through darkened corridors and into rooms full of unusual objects, whilst escaping detection. Once the mission was successfully accomplished, our intrepid explorers made their way to their final port of call, arriving just a few minutes late!