Museum visit provides ‘fantastic immersive experience’ for pupils
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History was brought to life as primary school pupils enjoyed a visit to a 'fantastic' museum.
Pupils from Woods Loke Primary School in Oulton Broad recently visited the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton, near Bungay.
Ross Javes, lower Key Stage 2 manager at the school in Butley Drive, was full of praise for the way the visit was organised. He said: 'Our visit to the Flixton museum was a fantastic day out. It is evident the volunteers there work tirelessly to provide an immersive experience for the children, bringing history to life.'
With the children in Years 3 and 4 currently studying the Second World War, the Flixton staff provided numerous activities that allowed the children to see many artefacts.
Mr Javes said: 'There were opportunities to 'fly' in simulators, hold weapons, try on gas masks, sound a gas rattle, wear items of wartime uniforms - not to mention touching a real leather Spitfire pilot's flying helmet, used in the Battle of Britain - all added to the excitement of the day.
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'Thank you to the staff at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, you were the best!'
Pam Veale, the museum's Education Officer, organised the two stage visit. She said: 'We view these days as a golden opportunity for the museum to host local schools and introduce the children to a serious subject, but at the same time to learn that museums can be fun and interactive experiences'.
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The museum, which was formed in 1973, is one of the largest privately owned collections of aircraft and aviation memorabilia in the region, regularly attracting more than 20,000 visitors a year.
The museum is open from April to October, Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.
Visit www.aviationmuseum.net for further details.