Once again our USA History trip was designed to stimulate learning and curiosity, with each new experience a chance for students to learn more about their subject and America. We were fortunate with the weather this year; on average 25 degrees in Washington and a little less in New York.
This year we visited the Air & Space Museum for the first time, coupled with an IMAX experience into space students and staff were given a truly unique vantage point to witness the lives of astronauts throughout history, and the co-operation between nations, in navigating beyond our world.
The whole group was given the opportunity to sit in the House of Representatives and learn about American democracy. (Luckily some students had Miss Bennett as our guide).
The Washington Nationals baseball match caught us out this year with an early afternoon start. Although the NATs lost the evening was sunny and students got a taste of the ballpark experience.
One big change was the security around the White House in Washington and Trump Towers in NY. This gave students an insight into current American politics.
New York notables:
On arriving at NY we visited the Top of the Rock in the early evening. As the weather was clear students were able to get amazing pictures of the Empire State Building and upper and lower Manhattan.
Following our experience of the last trip we ditched the idea of the subway in NY and hailed Yellow Taxis down to Battery Park for our boat cruise to Ellis Island; more beautiful weather.
On the last day students walked up 5th Avenue, which was hosting the Easter Parade. It was great to see the costumes and such a family event.
A big thank you to the students who took part, they engaged with the activities wholeheartedly. Many thanks to Miss Ashton, Miss Bennett, Mr Gray, Miss Shahrad and Mr Tatham for giving up half of their Easter to give students such a fantastic experience.