It’s been a busy couple of weeks for WWW! To celebrate #BSW18, which this year had the theme ‘Exploration and Discovery’, we delivered some exciting new school sessions trying out exciting experiments and looking at Arctic Ocean expeditions dating back as far as 1845 right up to modern exploration, featuring our very own Sir David Hempleman-Adams and his multi-record-breaking expedition the Polar Ocean Challenge (POC) in 2016.
We began our journey at Westbury-on-Trym CofE Academy in Bristol, who started off their week with a visit from WWW explorer ‘Dangerous’ Dave Cushing! Dave began his tales of great personal adventure with a whole school assembly, talking about his experience on the POC; he then delivered two sessions with year 4’s talking about his most recent trip to Greenland and enabling some of the children to get dressed up in his kit. WWW team Gill and Vicky followed up with an action-packed day delivering workshops to all year 5 and 6 classes. In celebration of STEM we kicked off with the children getting into groups and setting up an experiment to look at rising sea levels, checking back on this later in the session and discussing the results. In the meantime, the children divided into four different explorer teams and took part in a sleeping bag race quiz to see what these expeditions could tell us. We finished off the session exploring what melting ice means to the Arctic and globally. And what a fantastic end to the day it was too with so many brilliant questions that fostered a lively discussion!
We then ventured over the bridge to Cardiff, where Severn Primary School learned about amazing Annie’s adventures helming polar exploration yacht Northabout into the Arctic Circle. Year 4 enjoyed further smaller sessions with Annie looking at kit and having an opportunity to ask lots of questions and think about who could be an explorer, as well as taking part in the sleeping bag race quiz and thinking about the impact of melting ice.
Finally, we travelled up to Cheltenham to Springbank Primary Academy and their SPAtarctica day exploring responsibility. What a fun-filled day it was! One of our marvellous partners, Sarah Shaw, took children on an Arctic adventure through dance; inspirational WWW explorer Hazel Richards regaled children with fascinating stories (including frostbite!) from her travels to both the Arctic and the Antarctic; and our WWW sessions looked at polar exploration and melting ice, and what we can all do here to have a more positive impact on our planet. We were joined by a flurry of fake snow, a member of the US Army who used to live in Alaska, and the children tried grass sledging and learned songs from English Touring Opera’s Shackleton’s Cat!!
What great fun we’ve had over the last two weeks – thank you to each of the schools we’ve worked with, to all the teachers for organising such fantastic days, and to all the pupils for such interest, enthusiasm and engagement. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!