Sherard pupils go on virtual world tour

Sherard teacher Rachael Pooler with year five pupils in their virtual reality experience class PHOTO: Tim Williams
Sherard teacher Rachael Pooler with year five pupils in their virtual reality experience class PHOTO: Tim Williams
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Sherard schoolchildren have explored the tropical climate of Hawaii and freezing perils of Antarctica without even having to leave the classroom.

The school was selected by Google to take part in previewing some of the corporation’s cutting-edge technology.

The Google Expeditions Programme allows teachers to take their classes on school trips around the world using kit comprising Google Cardboard virtual reality viewers and smartphones, a tablet, a wireless route and an app.

Sherard Primary School’s music co-ordinator, Bradley Smith, said: “Pupil’s learning in history, geography and science was enriched and brought to life.

“Year six visited Hawaii and saw Pearl Harbour, year five studied a variety of biomes and aninal habitats, year four travelled to Antarctica and year three explored Roman empires.

“The equipment was fantastic and we would urge other schools to try it.

“Because of how mega engaged our classes were we’ll be enquiring about purchasing some of Google’s smartphones and headsets to aid the children with their learning.”