Our Year 5 & 6 pupils ventured deep into the heart of the Amazon, without leaving the comfort of their classrooms! Thanks to Google’s ‘Expedition Pioneer Program’, the children were able to take a virtual reality geography field trip to study the rainforest.
Google Expeditions is a new product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom. The children were amazed at what they discovered: how sediment within the rivers can change their colour; the huge range of flora & fauna found in the rainforest habitat; how humans have impacted upon this vital environment.
While Woodlands’ older pupils were exploring the Amazon, Years 3 & 4 were journeying into the human body with a trip along the digestive system, starting in the mouth, travelling down the oesophagus, into the stomach & along both the small & large intestines.
We had a great time on our expeditions & they really brought another dimension to our children's learning. A HUGE thank you must go to 'Mr Google' (aka Alex) who delivered a very informative training session to enable Woodlands' staff to take their pupils on field trips to previously impossible places!
We would also like to thank our MP. Bill Esterson, for visiting school to see how integrate this technology was integrated into our curriculum & for showing such interest in our children’s learning too.
We hope you enjoy the photos.