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Class 3 Residential to Coalbrookdale - Year 3 and 4 2013-14

The children in class 3 were able to experience the wonderful educational opportunities given to them through the residential visit to Shropshire.  These out of classroom, hands on experiences were appreciated by all the children, some of whom were away from family life over night for the very first time.  We watched them grow in confidence as they gained from all the experiences.  Our thanks to the Sylvia Short Educational Charity, whose donation part funded the trip.

Our first planned activity took place at Cardingmill Valley, where the children were able to study rocks and rock formations.  After looking at the rocks in the valley, they were then able to study them more formally using specialist equipment such as microscopes and acids, which we do not have access to in school.  The children were amazed to find rocks which actually float! 

Next, the children were taken to Wenlock Edge and encouraged to hunt for their very own fossils.  We were rewarded with huge smiles as the delighted children found many examples, which they were able to identify by checking against the charts provided by the expert guides.

After the residential, we were able to follow up this work back in the classroom during our science topic of ‘Rocks and Fossils’, which made much more sense to the children having first had this wonderful hands on introduction. 

At the Youth Hostel, the children put great store against getting their rooms ready and the majority experienced making their own beds for the very first time (an exhausting process for the staff!).  After tea there was the chance to unwind with silly games and quiz time.

The next day saw the group out bright and early, taking a brisk walk to the Enguinity Museum, a design and technology centre.  Here the children were able to explore the interactive displays and learn how to make use of pneumatics to control devices.  The children loved the group competition to build the best moving monster, and took the naming of their monsters very seriously!

After our experience in the museum, we took time to examine the kilns which were used to smelt the iron for the bridge. Examining the real kilns made work in the class room about the iron making process much easier to understand.

Next we took a walk to the iconic bridge itself, where the children were encouraged to sketch. We used charcoal to make the sketches, which linked in with the history of the town.  

Our final day took us by coach to Blists Hill Victorian Museum.  Here the children experienced using imperial money and enjoyed meeting actors dresses as characters from the period.  Perhaps the most memorable moments for the children were from their time at the Victorian Fairground.

The journey home was uneventful, with a coach full of very tired children (and staff!).  

So many memories and experiences in just three days!

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Value of the Month

COMPASSION

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

Chosen by Mrs Gleaves (Children's Champion)

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to:

Nursery:

 Dexter & Thomas

Class 1

 Leo & Harvey

Class 2

 Thomas & Freddie

 Class 3

 Adam & Seb

 Class 4

 Henry & Cleo

Class 5

 Oliver & Ceri

All school children

Well done to all of you!

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