Pupils explore the world without leaving their classroom
A group of pupils from ‘outstanding’ Harrogate prep school Belmont Grosvenor took a flight over Mont Blanc, paddled a canoe through the Grand Canyon and came face-to-face with prehistoric dinosaurs - without leaving their own classroom!
Students at the co-educational prep school enjoyed a geography lesson with a difference – thanks to the help of Harrogate-based virtual reality company Xpansive VR.
Belmont Grosvenor’s Director of Studies Emma Shea invited the VR company into school to spend time with a class of Year 6 students and help bring their geography lesson to life.
Belmont Grosvenor School, set in 20-acres of grounds just three miles from the centre of Harrogate, caters for children from three months to 11 years.
Pupils enjoy a wide range of visits and visitors throughout the school year, including workshops with authors, regular sporting fixtures across the region and musical seminars.
Said Mrs Shea: “Virtual reality is a wonderful way of taking children on an immersive, virtual journey, and helps bring their lessons to life in a way that books or online media are unable to do so.”
“Instead of children just researching and writing about a mountain or range of mountains on-line, they can actually visit these places, and add their own experience to their presentation,” she said.
Year 6 pupils Sofia Snowball and Mary Huber, who were two of the children trying out the VR headsets, said their geography lesson had been ‘fantastic’.
“We really enjoyed it – we went all over the world in such a short amount of time. It was very interesting and a great geography lesson,” said Sofia.
Justyn Shea, Director of Harrogate-based Xpansive VR, said “There are a number of benefits of using VR in schools – there are pupils who respond better to computer generated learning more than traditional methods of teaching, and for some pupils, learning by doing is easier than learning by listening.”
Belmont Grosvenor School’s next Open Day is being held on Thursday 4 May 2017. For more information, or to arrange a visit, contact the website at www.belmontgrosvenor.co.uk or call 01423 771029.