On 9th October the Primary students spent a day learning about the history of Plymouth.  They started off by visiting an exhibition about the Blitz in Plymouth being housed on the top floor of House of Fraser (the escalators were fun..).  This taught them a lot about Plymouth during the war and its redevelopment afterwards, and included interactive exhibits such as an Anderson shelter to try out and wartime clothes to try on. 
They then split into three groups – each group visited different historical parts of Plymouth, including the Barbican and Mayflower Steps, Smeaton’s Tower, the Devonport Column, the Scott Memorial, Derry’s Clock and the Royal William Yard.
Finally they all went across on the Torpoint ferry to Mount Edgecombe gardens, where they sketched the view across Plymouth Sound. This was so they could compare their drawings with a painting they have been looking at by an artist called Philip Mitchell, painted from the same spot in the 1800s. They also paid a flying visit to the beach to bother some crabs… then it was back over the ferry to school.