Kinder (Year 9) travelled to London last week, to further explore a range of themes they have been studying back in College.
On Monday, pupils and staff crossed London, to where they were staying at the Royal Victoria Quays before heading to the first visit on their itinerary, the London Docklands Museum.
Here they explored the dark alleyways of London’s Sailortown; an immersive display which recreates the atmosphere of Sailortown which was a ramshackle London district, close to the docks and centred on Wapping, Shadwell and Ratcliffe. As well as enjoying the rich resources about the area, Kinder attended a special session which focused on the White Chapel murders that became synonymous with ‘Jack the Ripper’. The presentation format was unusual and interactive, with a character based on Inspector Frederick George Abberline talking about his experiences as well as asking and answering poignant questions from the group.
Continuing with the gruesome theme, that evening Kinder joined a guided walk around Whitechapel. This really gave the children a flavour of the history of this part of London – an area which is off the usual tourist track – and proved a great opportunity to consider its redevelopment as well as infamous history. The tour ended near Brick Lane where everyone enjoyed a curry – after the potential ‘apprentice’ amongst the party had bartered for the best price in town!
On Tuesday morning Kinder attended a workshop at the Crystal: a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens. The Crystal is home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities, as well as one of the world's most sustainable buildings. It uses a unique, interactive approach that encourages students to challenge and change the way they think about our cities, now and for future generations and highlights climate and demographic change.
The final leg of the visit was highly exciting, as Kinder took the Emirates cable cars over the Thames to the O2 Arena on the Greenwich peninsula. The aerial views were quite something and everyone appreciated the clear blue sky before heading back to a deluge of torrential rain in Derbyshire that evening.