Summer term school trips for TRLP school
Schools of The Redstart Learning Partnership enjoy the end of term
A number of schools from The Redstart Learning Partnership were not going to let the global pandemic put a stop to their end of year school trips. After 18 months of interrupted schooling due to covid, things are gradually returning to some sort of ‘normal’ for schools. With the lifting of certain restrictions, thankfully it was business as usual. Winsham Primary, Stockland C of E Academy, Priorswood Primary, Holy Trinity Primary and Ashill Primary carefully planned their trips making sure they were fully compliant with all covid guidance keeping the staff and pupils safe, but also making sure they all enjoyed their end of term experiences.
Winsham Primary School ended their year with a trip to Charmouth Beach. Stone stacking, fossil hunting and a visit to The Fossil Centre were on the agenda with a rewarding ice-cream at the end. The children were amazed at how much plastic they came across when exploring the beach so they are making it their mission next year to campaign about the use of single-use plastic and water pollution.
Stockland C of E Primary
Class 1 had the most fabulous, muddy time at The Bear Trail. Class 2 had a wonderful time at the ‘National Marine Aquarium’ in Plymouth and were very excited to go on their first school trip this year. Class 3 visited the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth seeing and learning all about fish from starfish to sharks, to sting ray and pollock (the fish in your fish fingers!) They met Friday, the green turtle and dissected fish, it was very smelly, but lots of fun! And finally, after an eight month wait the Year 5 and 6 children stayed at Pixies Holt, Dartmoor for 4 nights in bunk bed dormitories and participated in a range of outdoor activities led by instructors from the centre.
Otter Class, from Priorswood Primary School, were lucky enough to enjoy a trip to the Museum of Somerset to find out all about life in Anglo-Saxon times. The children took part in a re-enactment of a fierce battle between the Vikings and King Alfred, as well as a variety of workshops focussing on the Saxon objects found in the museum.
The year 6 Stag Class have been on three trips celebrating the end of their time at Priorswood. French Weir Park, a PE festival at Taunton Academy and Crealy Adventure Park to finish their time at Priorswood on a high!
Holy Trinity, Taunton
The year 6’s from Holy Trinity Primary in Taunton spent the day at COACH kayaking and team building followed by an evening of campfire and camping on the school field ready for a 7am departure to Skern. At Skern they spent the day rafting and completing an assault course. A brilliant time was had by all the children.
The Yr4’s have spent the term working on a Tudor topic so they walked into Taunton to sketch the oldest Tudor building in the town.
All pupils from Ashill set out on an intrepid expedition to the Museum of Somerset.
Hedgehog Class went straight into the learning room to begin a range of activities based around Somerset myths and legends, whilst the Squirrel Class began their journey through time and were fascinated by the idea that everywhere they walked would have been under the ocean at some point in time.
Castle Primary School, Stoke Sub Hamdon
Corfe Class enjoyed a number of excursions including Jubilee Woods and an amazing day at the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury corn flailing, making butter, going on an eye spy trail and touring the museum.
Dunster Class enjoyed a visit from Portals to the Past for their Romans day looking at real Roman artefacts, joining the Roman army, trying on armour, being a gladiator, and throwing javelins.
Drogo class had a fantastic day at Ninesprings today with Becky the Ranger. They went on a Woodland Walk, tried out plant printing, experienced pond dipping and made their own clay animals. Everyone had a brilliant time!
A real highlight to the year for Corfe, Drogo and Dunster Classes has been the ROAM forest school sessions, spending days at their own base camp in the woods of Dillington game playing, pizza making, den building, fire lighting, marshmallow toasting, tight rope walking, hammock chilling, mud kitchen messing, badger den finding, tree climbing, clay modelling and so on. Living the dream!
Other class trips included: Castle Farm and St Mary's graveyard helping us with our understanding of chronology.
Finally, Fizz Pop Science came to visit Castle School. Year 1 and 2 had a great time being ‘taste buddies’. The children explored their tongues and all the senses that are involved with taste. They also enjoyed a fantastically explosive time with Fizz Pop science and a messy highlight making slime.
A spokesperson from The Redstart Leaning Partnership said:
“We are delighted that our pupils’ have been able to enjoy their end of term school trips. They have been through a difficult time recently and being able to get back to normality and to enjoy these experiences has been fabulous. We are very proud of our pupils acting as fantastic ambassadors for their schools and the TRLP and we are all now looking forward to what trips the new school year will bring. We would just like to thank all the school staff, volunteers and staff at each of the locations for making sure the children had a super time and were kept safe at all times, especially by making sure all covid guidelines were strictly adhered to’.