The school was lucky enough to work with Google Expeditions on Monday 27th February. Each class got the opportunity to explore the Google Cardboard headsets (KS2) or Google Expedition App (KS1) on the iPads. Activities were linked with current or upcoming topic and/or science work. Please see below for a more detailed breakdown of what each year group did.
Year 5 – Brazil/Rio
The children used Google Cardboard to look at key locations around the city, such as Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach. At each location, key features were discussed using the notes attached to Google Expedition.
Year 2 – Rainforests
Year 2 used the Google Expeditions App on the iPads to explore the rainforest. They first used the Habitat Expedition to allow pupils to familiarise themselves with how to explore how the app functions. They then searched out different animals in the Borneo rainforest. Arrows were used to support the children when locating different creatures.
Year 4 – Virtual tour of Barcelona
Year 4 mirrored the activity structure of Year 5 by looking at key locations around Barcalona. These included the Nou Camp and The Montjuïc Castle. Pupils focused on what these locations are used for and compared them to local cities, Sunderland and Newcastle, and landmarks such as the Tyne Bridge and Durham Cathedral. Arrows were again used to support the children when locating areas.
Year 3 – The Moon
Year 3 used the Google Cardboard headsets to explore our immediate night sky. This focused primarily on the moon (looking at seas and craters) but they also looked at the Milky Way and our atmosphere, comparing it to that of the moon – arrows were used to help guide the children around the night sky.
Year 1 – Buckingham Palace
Year 1 used the Google Expeditions App on the iPads to visit Buckingham Palace. The children explored different rooms and tried to guess what they are used for.
Year 6 – A Grand Google Expedition Tour
Year 6 decided to explore the different environments that are available on Google Expeditions. This included visiting the most remote parts of our Earth, including Antarctica, and outside of our Earth, including the international space station. The children also visited landmarks such as Hadrian’s Wall and Stonehenge.