Harrow Way Community School history students were given a grisly taste of nineteenth century crime recently during a trip to London. Forty Nine Year 10 students followed the footsteps of the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper, visiting places in Whitechapel and the East End of London where Jack committed his crimes more than 100 years ago.
Callie Essop, History Curriculum Leader explains how her students came about the Jack the Ripper walking tour: “The trip was very valuable to the students as a ‘scene setter’ for some new work we are starting, namely exploring life in the East End of London during the Nineteenth Century and our new Crime and Punishment GSCE route which are both part of the History GCSE. Although London in 2015 is very different to London in 1888, we wanted students to experience this part of the Capital where the Ripper committed at least five murders. They were really captivated when standing on the very ground where women such as Mary Jane Kelly and Annie Chapman had been killed. When we captivate our students, that’s when the learning really comes alive!”
As part of the Crime and Punishment and Controlled Assessment, the students will investigate a number of theories explaining why the Ripper was never caught and whether this was down to police failures. The trip will also help students as they focus on what life was like living in the East End of London around the end of the nineteenth century.
Harrow Way’s approach delivers outstanding results as evidenced in last year’s GCSEs with 71% gaining and A* to C for History.
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