Oak View Academy pupils explore York in search of their ancestors

Children from Oak View Academy went back in time during an exciting visit to York.

The Year 3 pupils were transported back 2,000 years as they followed in the footsteps of ancestors during a realistic Roman experience.

They wandered along ancient cobbled streets and dressed as their forefathers would have done in the days of Eboracum – the city’s name in Roman times.

Deputy Headteacher Charlotte Alford said: “The children learnt that Eboracum stood almost 2,000 years ago and that the city had citizens and slaves.

“We visited the Yorkshire Museum and enjoyed a workshop where we had to explore the lives of five different people and decide if they were a citizen or a slave through the information we gathered.

“For each person, the children explored with hands-on activity the nature of the job or pastime that that person did – including building archways, making mosaics, grinding corn and preparing food, styling hair and becoming a roman soldier.

“The children also saw artefacts from Roman times, visited the city walls and visited York Minster.”

She added: “These trips generate so much excitement and it has been a wonderful learning experience for our children, many of whom were away from home for the first time.

“Lots of people have commented on how well behaved they are, and I’m very proud of every one of them.”

The Whitby’s Lane primary believes getting children out of the classroom for new experiences is a vital part of their education.

Other adventures have taken them from Edinburgh to London, stately homes and Welsh beaches, as well as restaurant and cinema visits.

The school is part of North West Academies Trust (NWAT), which manages schools across Cheshire and Shropshire, including nearby Weaverham Primary Academy and Delamere Academy.

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “We take children from Year 2 upwards on residential trips.

“Our ‘can do’ culture means children spend a substantial amount of time learning outside the classroom.

“This broad programme of education enables children to achieve well in all areas and is securing high attainment and levels of progress throughout our schools.

“The trips are a great way for children to learn, have new experiences and make fantastic memories.”