Tardebigge First School have created a website (supported by Catshill Learning Partnerships) to celebrate the 200 years of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal

Pupils from years 3 and 4, along with staff and parents from Tardebigge First School were treated to a tour of Tardebigge New Wharf on Monday 11th May. The purpose of the visit was to help pupils with their current history topic, “What Makes Britain Great”.

The day started with a Water Safety activity at school led by Canal and River Trust (CRT) volunteer, Tony Robinson. This left pupils with a very valuable message- SAFE (Stay Away From the Edge).

The main part of the visit was led by Ian Hunter who guided each year group in turn from the school to visit the key locations in the area. These included lock 58, the tunnel tug, the warehouse and workshops and of course the lime kilns. Mark Mills from CRT was on hand to facilitate the visit to the yard and ensure everyone’s safety. In addition, Cecilia was moored alongside the wharf as an additional talking point. Ian’s experience and knowledge meant that the children went away with lots of interesting facts and figures to include in their follow up work at school. The teachers and parents commented on how much they had learned too!

Both Tardebigge First School and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal are celebrating 200 year anniversaries this year. Brett Laniosh has helped the school to set up some web pages for follow up work to be displayed. It is intended that these will be shared with our own website at a later date.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this event and made it a memorable day for all those who took part.

The photograph shows Ian Hunter with year 3 pupils at the end of their tour before returning to school.