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Barking Stink

For our first year five outing, we went on a fragrant journey with our sense of smell. Although fragrant is not the best description for the horrid smells we suffered.

Barking Stink was a project the children were chosen to take part in when they were year three. To celebrate their learning, they were invited to take part in a variety of workshops which replicated smells that existed in Barking in the 1900’s. We explored different scents such as: vinegar, pickles, soap, coal, sulphur, talc powder, ammonia, fishing smack and even stinky sewerage. Each smell was caused by a different industry from Barking at that time.

The children were fascinated by the stories behind each of the smells, and we came away grateful that Barking no longer smells as it did. We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who joined us on our trip. Without your help, we would not be able to go on these exciting educational visits.