Life Afloat at Paddington Central

The Floating Classroom, a floating opportunity for children and adults to learn new skills and further their knowledge recently held the Life Afloat programme for local primary schools at Paddington Central. 

Cameron, from the Floating Classroom, has written a special blog about the activities which took place.

Life Afloat

Life Afloat is a six week project for primary schools that brings to life the rich heritage of London’s waterways and explores their enduring relevance as thriving centres of urban regeneration. Pupils not only learn when, why, and how canals were built, but also discover the vibrant and diverse role that they continue to play as sites for leisure, business, and homes. Through immersive and engaging out-of-classroom learning, this programme fosters curiosity and deepens understanding, while simultaneously forging a lasting connection between participants and a wonderful amenity in their local area. 

British Land have generously funded Life Afloat since 2015, and this year with their support, Year 5 pupils from Queen’s Park Primary School joined us for the ninth iteration of the project. On Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th May, the children visited British Land’s Paddington Central campus where they were given the opportunity to discover what kind of work goes on in Paddington today. In an eye opening afternoon the children explored the impressive office buildings on the site and learnt about the businesses that occupy them. 

This experience is one of the highlights of Life Afloat, and this year proved to be as thrilling and memorable as ever. Whether they were painting in VR, building robots, testing out biometric vending machines, or learning how to operate the security team’s radios, every single child returned to the boat excited and inspired. This was all made possible by an amazing team of volunteers from British Land, Cognizant, Visa, and Wipro, who provided a hands-on insight into their jobs. A huge thank you to all involved for making this such a special, unforgettable day! 


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