A bunch of intrepid explorers set off for the Bristol docks to find out about life on board both early explorer’s ships. The morning was spent on The SS Great Britain, looking at how passengers lived on their sea voyages. All the children felt that they should travel first class as steerage was so cramped, smelly, and the food was awful food! It was quite a surprise to find cows, chickens, horses and pigs on board, which were for lavish banquets served to first class passengers. The kitchens with rats and mice running around was a shock to some. After a quick lunch and a brisk walk along the quayside, Year 2 boarded the Matthew, a replica ship that John Cabot sailed to Newfoundland. The pupils set sail around the docks, climbed steep steps and looked at the cabins. The bunks looked extremely uncomfortable and the general consensus was these explorers were either very brave or a little crazy. A great day for Year 2!