Last week, pupils in years 3, 4 and 5 at Ark Rose Primary Academy in Kings Norton got the chance to learn about their area’s Tudor and industrial history in the best possible way – by getting out of their classrooms and going on a guided walk.

Pupils from Ark Rose Primary Academy take time out from their walk to greet the newborn baby geeese on the canal by Kings Norton
Pupils from Ark Rose Primary Academy take time out from their walk to greet the newborn baby geeese on the canal by Kings Norton

Pupils started their walk at the gates of Ark Rose Primary. They then joined the nearby Worcester & Birmingham Canal, taking a leisurely stroll along the towpath in the direction of Kings Norton Green. Along the way, pupils learned about how the canal was built 200 years ago and the role of canals in our area’s industrial heritage.

Pupils from Ark Rose Primary Academy learn about the Old Grammar School at St Nicolas' Place
Pupils from Ark Rose Primary Academy learn about the Old Grammar School at St Nicolas’ Place

At Kings Norton Green, pupils made their way to St Nicolas’ Place, home to St Nicolas’ Church and Birmingham’s largest collection of Tudor buildings. Pupils were shocked to discover that only boys were allowed to be educated at Old Grammar School – girls typically had to stay at home and carry out domestic chores. They were also intrigued to discover the Tudor Merchant’s House included 500 hundred year-old wooden timbers. Lastly, pupils then made their way back to school, stopping off at the allotments nearby Cadbury College.

Throughout the trip, pupils were encouraged to make notes and draw sketches of the things they discovered along the way. When back at school, pupils then used the notes they’d written to reflect on their visit and produce a written report highlighting their favourite moments.

What’s special about Kings Norton?  Pupils from Ark Rose Primary Academy tell us in their own words

Lilly-Anne: “Welcome to Kings Norton, where the historic moments come to life!

Ryan: “Come to Kings Norton, it is great! We have canals, Tudor buildings and a church that is 700 years old!”

Katie: “There is so much to do in Kings Norton like walk along the canal, grow your own veg in the allotment and have a peaceful stroll in the park.”

Developing pupils’ natural curiosity

A pupil from Ark Rose Primary Academy sits on the grass in St Nicolas' Place and writes notes about her learning walk in Kings Norton
A pupil from Ark Rose Primary Academy sits on the grass in St Nicolas’ Place and writes notes about her learning walk in Kings Norton

The project was a fun and healthy way for pupils to enrich their learning by getting up close and personal with the history that is all around them in their local area. Taking part in the walk helped pupils become more confident about exploring and learning about their local area in their time away from school.

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