Students get taste of British history, culture at UK Day
May 3, 2013
RAF FELTWELL, England — At Lakenheath Middle School on Friday, teachers left the instructing to a fool, an executioner, a soldier and others who gave hands on lessons about life in the United Kingdom, now and in centuries past.
An executioner demonstrated punishments for crimes from the Middle Ages, a soldier talked about the military and World War II and a police officer demonstrated how to handcuff someone.
It was all part of UK Day at the school, an annual event that provides an opportunity for experts on British history and culture to share with the American students.
“The idea is to try to immerse the students in British culture, it gives them an opportunity to meet British nationals and it also helps to build bridges with the local community,” said Fiona Guyer, the event organizer.
UK Day “often takes students out of their comfort zone; it gets them to try new things that they might not necessarily have tried before,” Guyer said. “It can lead them on to other things that they then take a further interest in.”