It is an exciting week for pupils at Babington House School with the girls from Years 3 & 4 away on a residential trip to Sayers Croft and many of the pupils from Years 5 to 9 in Amsterdam on a week-long educational School Trip. Those pupils that are still in school have an action packed week of activities and trips lined up.
Watch this news page for updates and photographs as the week progresses.
Monday in Bromley - pupils picked up their clip boards and we visited Bromley to collect data for a statistical project in Maths. One of the highlights of the trip were the free doughnuts which were enjoyed by all on our return to school!
Monday at Babington - an afternoon of critical thinking - students worked together to explore what it means to be a hero and what characteristics they might have. After discussing stereotypical heroes from film and real life, students were challenged with less obvious examples of heroism: the paralympians of 2012, a bus driver who stopped a woman jumping from a bridge, teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton. Finally students discussed the question: do you have to be an extraordinary person to do extraordinary things?
Monday at Babington - we enjoyed Geography on a World Cup theme by studying the up and coming football games in Brazil. Each pupil was assigned a country which was drawn into a group according to the actual world cup draw. They found out facts about that country and created their own top trump cards. They then created their own google doodle logo, mascot and phrase which summed up the games using their knowledge of Brazil.
Tuesday in Amsterdam - we had a wonderful tour at the Van Gogh museum, a very scenic and informative canal cruise. We had a delicious picnic lunch in the sunshine at Museum Square and a wonderful experience at Anne Frank's house.
Tuesday at the Tate Britain - twenty Babington pupils visited the Tate Britain to take in the work of artists such as Turner and Blake. They also visited the Tate Britain restaurant named after an Old Babingtonian Boy, Rex Whistler. His fantastic mural adorns the whole of the restaurant wall. We concluded our tour by visiting the installation sculptures by Phyllida Barlow, who uses everyday resources such as cardboard, fabric, timber, polystyrene and plaster to create daring 3D collages.
Wednesday in Amsterdam - today we went to Eftling Theme Park. The girls and teachers have enjoyed a range of exhilarating rides, some rather wet ones. Many have discovered bravery they never knew they had!
Wednesday at Babington - Despite the rain students enjoyed making and firing rockets in Science - up up and away!
Wednesday at Babington - Did you know that in the 1940s people consumed an average of 7 slices of bread per day? Today, the average intake of bread in the UK is 2 ½ slices and toast is the most widely eaten breakfast. These and other interesting facts were explored when Years 4 to 9 investigated bread. We looked at the huge range of bread available, comparing the different properties and what ingredients are necessary to make a loaf of bread. We made a parmesan and dried tomato bread dough and pupils observed the rising of dough in various intervals throughout the session. Mouth watering smells filled the classroom when we had a sensory tasting session. What was our favourite? Brioche, closely followed by white bread. At the end of the day pupils designed their own bread with salt dough.
Wednesday at Babington - Year 3 & 4 pupils who had been on their wonderful residential outward bound experience to Sayers Croft, arrived back at school safe and sound looking tired but having had a fantastic time! See some photos below:
Thursday in Amsterdam - Today we visited Zaanse Schans, an enchanting village home to traditional wooden homes traditional windmills, clog making, pewter and cheese making. After arriving back at the hotel we explored the beautiful gardens at the castle.
Friday in Amsterday - We had a very interesting visit to the Delft Pottery before returning home.
Pupils arrived back safely from Amsterday on Friday evening having had a fantastic residential week away and lots of stories to tell of this amazing experience.