Taking a peek at learning away from the classroom...
Hello everyone. My name is Karima and I’m a student on work placement here with the Canal & River Trust. I'll be taking the baton from Helen for the next few blogs, letting you know all about my time here and what the Explorers team have been getting up to.
I have come to the Trust from the University of Chester where I am currently in my second year of studying for a BA in Primary teaching. This placement gives me the opportunity to see how education can be delivered in a non- school or informal setting and so here I am, having joined Helen and the Explorers team.
I’m really looking forward to working with children away from the classroom and also, as a parent myself, I am excited to see what different activities the children can get involved in on a family visit to the Trust’s many different museums and attractions.
To say I have hit the hit the ground running with Canal and River Explorers is a bit of an understatement!
In my first four days, I had been pond dipping with year two children at Standedge Tunnel; creating Lowry and Mondrian inspired art with year three children at Anderton Boat Lift; and looking at and designing canal boat art with year one and year four children at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.
The year one class were also able to dress up in period clothing, learn about different people’s lives throughout the history of the canals and look around the period homes at Porter’s Row, which were originally built in 1833 and are the oldest buildings in Ellesmere Port!
I think you'll agree. This is just a snippet of an average week for Helen and all the wonderful Explorers volunteer teams!
I have been amazed by the fantastic learning sessions that are offered for visiting schools. They are all linked to the National Curriculum in different ways, depending on the schools’ required subject of focus.
What I have also found interesting is how different all the sites are; there really is something for everyone. So far I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by breath-taking countryside at Standedge Tunnel, witness a marvel of Victorian engineering at Anderton Boat Lift and take in the canals, locks and historic objects of the National Waterways Museum (so far I have been on a boat ride along the Shropshire Union Canal and was lucky enough to see a massive cargo ship make its way down the Manchester Ship Canal - a truly incredible spectacle!).
As well as helping with all these sessions for visiting schools, I will also be working on a project for families over the summer holidays, but I can't let you know about that yet…
So take care until next time and if you can, try to visit one of the Trust’s museums or attractions. If you have half as much fun as I've been having, you'll have a really great day out.
Helen Evans is the learning officer for our museums and attractions. She joined the National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port) in 2010, following eight years of secondary school teaching. Helen lives in Macclesfield and is a keen long distance runner, competing for Macclesfield Harriers.See more blogs from Helen Evans