5 head to Dorset!

Their first trip in 21 months due to the pandemic, Year 5 boarded the coach with a spring in their step as they headed off to Dorset!

Our annual Year 5 residential visit to Osmington Bay sadly had to be cancelled this year. The children were understandably disappointed – and so were the staff, as the trip is a highlight of Upper School.

Not wanting the children to miss out on out of classroom opportunities altogether, we arranged a day trip to Dorset and, on Tuesday 29th June, our coach rolled down the drive to take us out for the day.

The children were incredibly excited as we set off for the south coast. After a couple of hours, we arrived at the drop off point and walked from there to Durdle Door. We explained the geological features and history of the extraordinary and beautiful arch, before we then set off, on foot, to Lulworth Cove. The walk to Lulworth was long, but not one of the children complained. We ate our lunch by the water’s edge, and then the children attempted to skim stones, although most need a lot more practice!

From Lulworth we hopped back onto the coach and headed for Corfe Castle, where our guides were waiting for us. The children were taken around the castle in three groups, which gave them the chance to ask questions of the highly knowledgeable volunteers. At the end of our tours, the guides made a point of complimenting our children on their fabulous behaviour, which had been exemplary throughout.

Whilst the geographical and historical elements of the trip were significant and educational, it may be that the highlight, for many of the children, was the ice cream we all ate before setting off for home! The children absolutely deserved a treat, as they have been wonderful all year, and they all really seemed to enjoy their day out – their first school trip for twenty one months! We are so proud of them.