Virtual reality allows Barking pupils to explore Congo and Caribbean

Pupils try out the technology

Pupils try out the technology - Credit: Archant

Pupils explored everything from Egyptian pyramids to Mayan ruins and under the Caribbean sea – all without leaving their school in Barking.

Key Stage 2 pupils from Northbury Primary achieved the seemingly impossible by going on a virtual field trip using Google Cardboard.

They were immersed in iconic spots from around the world which tie in with their curriculum during Thursday’s visit from Google’s Andrew Whittingham.

Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 all enjoyed a half hour session, with one group travelling to the Congo and coming face-to-face with a gorilla.

The virtual reality viewer responds to movement, so moving their heads allowed the youngsters to see the sky above and the ground beneath their feet as well as what was in front of them.

Kulvinder Johal, assistant headteacher of the Northbury Close school, described it as an unforgettable experience, especially as many of the youngsters have never been abroad.

“It was like you were really there so it helped them to see things they wouldn’t normally get the chance to,” she said. “It brought their studies to life.

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“They were all really excited and engaged, both the boys and the girls.”