Engaged and Inquisitive Year 7 Students Step Back In Time!

The City of Leicester is steeped in history and a recent walking tour by year 7 students provided the opportunity to enrich and enhance their understanding of the city’s historical significance. After the restrictions of Covid, it was great to be out and about providing first-hand experience of the history that surrounds us.

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We’re fortunate in Leicester in having so much evidence of this available on the streets we use every day and in our wonderful museums. The tour covered centuries of history and featured key sites such as Newarke Gateway, Jewry Wall, St. Nicholas Church, Leicester Castle, St. Mary’s de Castro Church, Turret Gateway and Trinity Hospital. One of the 54 students taking part in the experience commented:

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“It was educational yet fun! My favourite part of the day was the walking tour around Leicester.”

The positive attitude of the students impressed history teacher, Miss Lehane, who noted:

“The students were fully engaged and inquisitive, asking further questions to discover more about Leicester’s history, particularly during the walking tour.”

The immersive learning experience continued with a visit to Newarke Houses Museum which incorporates the museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment along with a range of exhibits illustrating post-medieval and contemporary Leicester. The military displays cover artefacts depicting life on the front-line and at the home front during both world wars. The displays feature a model trench and a Morrison Shelter which was a star attraction for one of the students who said:

“I love learning about World War One, so I really enjoyed learning about life in the trenches and the local connections to the war.”

Miss Lehane summed up the successful day saying,

“The students were excellent and represented the school brilliantly which was recognised by all the teachers and museum staff. Thank-you to our year 7 students for helping to make our day of historical discovery so successful. Nothing beats first-hand experience like this!”

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