Empty Classroom Day – Expanding Horizons in VR – from Brighton to Brazil

We took the Pupils at Moulsecoomb Primary School on a country-hopping tour from Brighton to Brazil this summer in what was be Great Britain’s/Sussex’s first ever virtual reality lesson outside of the classroom.

In a bid to expose pupils to places they wouldn’t be able to see in a typical school day, digital agency Propellernet and virtual reality experts yellowBird have partnered to create a geography lesson like no other for the 25 Year One students, aged between 5 and 6 years old.

As well as seeing Brighton’s own horizon from the beach near the Brighton Pier, the schoolchildren were transported on an interactive, virtual reality journey across five countries using headsets installed with video footage that spans 360 degrees.

The initiative combines cutting edge technology with nature to bring the curriculum to life in an interactive way and inspire the schoolchildren to expand their own horizons, begun with a trip to the beach on 17th June 2016. The date also marks Empty Classroom Day which joins schools from across the world to celebrate and inspire learning and play outside of the classroom.