September 2011 we have taken a group of 10 children every week for a
morning visit to the barge. By the beginning of January every child in
Year 3 (90 children) had spent a morning on the barge, working the
locks, steering the barge and learning about canal life. We have now
started with our Year 4 children and by July every child in Key Stage 2
will have enjoyed at least one visit.
is a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience for children as well as
staff. The children are incredibly excited – the overall majority of our
pupils have never visited a barge or even a canal before. Without the
Angus Ferguson it is unlikely many of them would ever have such an
activity pack provided by Graham has been used in school as well as on
the barge. The children are excited to learn about different boats and
how the canals were used throughout history.
During our visits to the Angus Ferguson we have seen our children
develop their team work skills and work more closely with children who
they do not usually work with. For more children who cannot access more
traditional learning methods this is a fantastic ‘hands on’ learning
experience which they will keep with them forever. On every single visit
at least one child has commented ‘this has been the best trip ever’ and
they all want to know when they can come back again.
cannot commend the Angus Ferguson team highly enough. Their enthusiasm
and understanding with the children is fantastic. It is a wonderful
opportunity for school staff to work with the children in a small group
and the support from Mark, Kieran and Graham is invaluable.
Jayne Wilson – Learning Mentor
Townend – Parental Involvement Worker