Recently, Year One pupils and staff enjoyed a fantastic day out at Bristol harbour where they visited M Shed (a museum about life in Bristol) and sailed on The Matthew. In the classroom pupils have been exploring the enthralling topic of ‘Pirates’ and the cruise on The Matthew gave everyone an experience of what it might have been like to sail on a ship similar to those navigating the seas in the Golden Age of Piracy.

The Matthew is a replica of John Cabot’s ship: John Cabot was an Italian navigator who discovered parts of North America, under the commission of Henry VII. On board the vessel the children enjoyed seeing how the rudder was used to steer the ship from the poop deck and what life was like below deck and in the galley.

Everyone enjoyed lunch in the M Shed, after which the children had the opportunity to find out more about how people lived in ports in the past and how conditions have changed over time.

The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and it has inspired the children to find out more about this fascinating topic over the coming weeks.