At Small Acres, placed-based education means going out into the Borough of Southwark on a weekly basis to learn about the history and culture of this part of London. We have taken trips through Borough Market and spoken with stall holders who have spent their lives in this thousand-year-old market. We have found the memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon at Southwark Cathedral and touched upon the history of this remarkable man, we've spent time in the Cathedral looking at the architecture and memorials to various people. We have gone to the Clink and watched the excavation of the palace of the Bishop of Winchester, the man who owned this notorious prison that flooded daily. This has led us to research the tides of the River Thames and the lives of those who lived here in centuries past. We have searched for bits of history along the river's edge and experienced the changing of the tides first hand. We have met archeologists who have helped us identify the odd bits we found and this led us to discuss the habits of those who lived in London at the time of the Great Fire. All this within a very small geographic area! London offers so much and makes experiential learning exciting and vibrant!
Recently, we have started visiting a day centre for elders on a regular basis, chatting and playing chess with the residents. This has been such a success and something that all involved enjoy.
I just wanted to give you a taste of placed-based learning at Small Acres.