Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

Dorset Days...

Last Tuesday, the whole of Year 5 set off for an exciting residential trip to Swanage in Dorset; the report below is by one of the accompanying staff.

“Five Go Wild – learning in Dorset!” Our week long trip to Dorset is always highly anticipated on the Year 5 calendar and for a number of very good reasons! Our aim was to explore the local area with a view to investigating some of the interesting coastal features which we have been studying in Geography. Having enjoyed some fun and games on the beach on the first afternoon, we spent Wednesday visiting Old Harry Rocks and Studland Bay. Old Harry Rocks are a really good example of stacks and stumps – chalk rock formations created by many years of water erosion; ask your children for more information! At Studland Bay we spent some time ‘beachcombing’ and collecting some impressive samples of seaweed, shells and other assorted marine life. The sand dunes behind the beach proved to be a great play area for the girls to scamper around, then it was back to the Allnatt centre for a swim in the pool and a quiz on the field.

On Thursday we had a sunny, but windy walk, to view Durdle Door (another fascinating geological feature) and then it was on to Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole where our group leaders pointed out yet more amazing rock formations. We were also able to experience the new Visitors Centre and appreciated the displays, exhibitions and films on show. On our return to the centre, another dip in the pool was enjoyed, followed by a gathering around the campfire with another school. There was plenty of friendly rivalry during a bit of a talent show, and the group leaders led us in some hilarious songs…!

Our last day took us on a short journey in an old-fashioned diesel train from Swanage to Corfe Castle. Once at the castle we learned about its incredible, centuries-old history and the group leaders directed the girls in some ‘Horrible History’ style mini-dramas detailing gruesome and bloodthirsty events from the past. All too soon though our time was up and we reluctantly boarded the coach to come back to school. Everyone was tired but a great time had been had by all with memories to last a lifetime and learning consolidated in a most enjoyable way!”


Outdoor learning in Dorset

A huge thank you to our staff who led the trip and the experience and care of the centre where we stay.