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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Fort York Excursion

 

During the second term, the Grade 7 students learned about Canadian History throughout the 18th and 19th centuries when New France was established along the banks of the St. Lawrence River and when the British had to defend Upper Canada against the Americans during the War of 1812. One of the highlights of the unit was the excursion to Fort York on Friday, April 26, 2019 where students brought their learning to a new front.  They battled wind, rain, mosquitoes and worms to truly experience life as a Redcoat during the Rebellion of 1837. Each student listened attentively to the guide, Melissa, while she explained the role of civilians, militia, council, radicals and loyalists leading up to the Rebellion. They explored the soldier's barracks, the officer's mess, the blockhouse and the money vault, all of which have been preserved and are part of the largest collection of original historical buildings in Canada. The entire group role-played on the field; they charged, marched and stood at attention with their wooden muskets as the general shouted out commands, an activity that proved slightly difficult to remain in sync. They examined various weapons, held an original musket and learned to clean and load a large gun cannon. This exciting opportunity allowed each student to bring history to life while standing on one of the key locations that shaped the course of history for Torontonians and Canadians alike.

 

 

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