Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

'Five go on a Field Trip!'

One pupil in Y5, Kayla recalls her trip highlights for us.

Our Trip To Dorset - by Kayla  Y5

From 7-10th. May 2013, Year 5 went to Dorset on a four day geography field trip. It was a fantastic experience and one that I will never forget. We arrived at school normal time on the Tuesday but in our own clothes, and eagerly boarded the coach and travelled to the New Forest Wildlife Safari Park. We had lunch and started our tour. We saw many different birds and animals, but there were some that I found extremely interesting.  I loved looking at the owls, deer, wolves and I thought the wallabies were gorgeous.

After this visit, we hopped back on the coach and travelled to Poole Quay. We went to Poole Pottery, where each of us painted a plate. It was quite difficult but great fun. I was excited to hear that our plates would be glazed and ready for us at the end of our trip. I was so happy that I’d learnt so much already, and we had not even arrived at our hotel yet!

When we arrived at the hotel, I thought it looked lovely and I was pleased that it was really near the beach. We were greeted by the staff and shown to our rooms. We unpacked and then had a delicious meal. Our evening activity was a sandcastle competition, so we grabbed our buckets and spades and headed to the beach. This was great fun and a brilliant end to our first day.

On the second day, we began with a tasty breakfast and then began our journey to Studland Bay.  We went on a walk organised by the National Trust.  We looked at the habitats and landscape of the beach and the woodland behind it. We then made our way to Lulworth Cove. We saw a presentation of how cliffs erode and how beaches are made. We found out that there are different types of rocks within the cliffs; Portland, Purbeck, Clay, greensand, and chalk. We walked up a large hill and then viewed Lulworth Cove.  That evening, we went bowling and had a great time.

On the third day, we went to Poole and took a boat to Brownsea Island. We had a fun filled day packed with activities based all around the island. We went on a treasure hunt to find letters which gave us clue to a word. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any treasure, but we had great fun trying. I also really enjoyed seeing the peacocks on the island – they looked amazing.

On our last day, we visited Poole again and went on a history trail. We learnt many facts about the harbour and the various people who used to leave by the quayside. I really enjoyed my school trip. It was a wonderful experience and I learnt so much!"

 Dorset trip 2013

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It certainly looks great fun!

16.05.2013