Year 5 and 6 enjoyed largely sunny weather, if a little chilly, on their residential trip to Dorset, though the children battled on through wind and rain at times. They walked along the coastline from the beautiful Durdle Door to the picturesque village of Lulworth, learning about the coastal formations and erosion, which has brought to life previous classroom learning and also gave the children an opportunity to sample the local ice cream!
Other activities included abseiling, zip wire and trapeze. Many children overcame their fears to scale considerable heights, encouraged by their friends. They also had the opportunity to try archery and fencing and played lots of team games.
One of the highlights was the fossil hunting session at Osmington Bay’s own beach. Having learnt about fossil formation and the rock types in the bay, the children all set about searching for amenites, gryphaea and belemite. Most children (and staff) were thrilled to find at least one fossil.
The children honed their geography skills working with maps and undertaking orienteering challenges and worked together on problem solving activities.
They were so lucky to stay in luxurious accommodation and to be extremely well fed. The children arrived home worn out after a week of activities, the long weekend could not have better timed.