Year 4 got a taster of life at sea with a visit to the SS Great Britain, in Bristol, as part of their History studies. The trip offered the pupils a valuable insight in to life on board one of the most famous ships ever built! Whilst exploring the dry dock, pupils found out about why the hull was built from iron and not wood, and the advantages of this, whilst seeing the sheer size of the boat from bottom to top.
"In the museum, the boys and girls read loads of facts and figures, which will fill the information booklets being written later in the term," said Head of Lower School, Andy Theedom. "After lunch, the group took part in a workshop and now understand what tools and materials were required to build the ship as well as what the day of the official launch would have been like." The trip ended with an informative tour of the inside of the ship, taking in sights, sounds and smells to enable the boys and girls to empathise with passengers that travelled on the SSGreat Britain.
Overall, the day was a great success and the pupils learned a huge amount about Brunel, the SS Great Britain and how explorers may have travelled the world.