It’s amazing what the view is like from a King’s Lynn classroom

Google expeditions day at Gaywood Community Primary School. Picture: Ian Burt

Google expeditions day at Gaywood Community Primary School. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Youngsters at a Norfolk school were treated to a trip around the world, thanks to Google boffins.

Children at Gaywood Community Primary School, in King's Lynn, were taken on virtual reality field trips yesterday.

As part of the school's Google Expeditions Day, children used Google Cardboard VR headsets to visit ancient Greece, the rainforests and the Grand Canyon, among other destinations.

It was all part of the Field Lane school's theme learning.

Headteacher Paul Shanks said: 'It gives them an experience they would not normally have.


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'Pupils from Year 6 were in a rainforest this morning, then they went to a Mayan temple. We could not give them that experience. There was a buzz all day long and the general comment from the children was 'Wow. Look at that'.'

The timetable for the day included biomes, ancient Greece, rocks, minerals and gems.

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Pupil Keira Hawes, nine, from King's Lynn, said: 'It was fun – it was like you were floating in air, exploring places like Greece. I looked at the solar systems, and saw Pluto in the distance. It was a small red and grey planet. We saw sharks and six divers. I really enjoyed it, and it's something I would like to do again.'

Finlay Hunter, nine, from Lynn, said: 'It was brilliant using the VR headsets. The solar system was brilliant. I would like to go to the Parthenon in Greece.

'The planets were brilliant. Pluto was in the distance – it was like a red meatball. I would like to do it again. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. I did.'

He agreed that the sights were a bit different to King's Lynn.

What extraordinary lessons are you learning at your school? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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