Year 7 Trip To Portsmouth Historic Dockyard




Year 7 Trip To Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Highfield Prep School Highfield & Brookham


On Friday 15th February Year 7 went on an unforgettable history trip to Portsmouth. We’ve been learning about Napoleon, the battle of Trafalgar and Lord Nelson. We enjoyed a fantastic workshop all about the Navy in 1805, handling artefacts and thinking about the evidence with which we were presented. Captain Thomas Hardy was even there in person! On board H.M.S. Victory, we experienced what it would have been like to live and fight on this ship, as well as learning how to fire a gun (cannon). It was fascinating to think that in 1805 they were able to fire their guns up to a mile and a half (with twelve year olds handling the gunpowder). We found out about the terrible punishments, and what happened to Nelson after he was shot. After lunch we went to Action Stations where there were numerous activities which tested the strengths that would be needed to be in the Royal Navy. In the afternoon we arrived at H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth, the enormous new aircraft carrier. How lucky we were to have been able to go aboard! There was Captain Cooke-Priest, and some of the amazing crew, waiting to welcome us all on board. They showed us everything from the kitchens to the flight deck and everyone was amazed at the size of the ship and how friendly everyone doing the touring was. On behalf of all of Year 7 we would like to thank Captain Cooke-Priest and his crew for making the trip possible as well as our History teachers, Mr Mason and Miss Watts, and the other staff who took part. James, (Year 7)

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