Learning away from the classroom

The image for my blog this week is one of the trees in full blossom in our extensive school grounds.

Our year 5 children have just returned from their 5 day visit to Stackpole, Wales.  Week long residential weeks are a key characteristic of our school; memories made whilst away will probably stay with the children longer after other aspects of school life have been forgotten. It is clear that once again the children had a really good experience, learnt a lot about themselves, each other, as well of course about the natural world. I continue to be grateful for members of staff and volunteers who are willing to both give of their time so willingly and take on the significant responsibility that being on a residential with over 50 children brings.

During the last week other children have been to the Sealife Centre in Birmingham and farm at Warriner School.  It is a real joy to see just how inspired they have been by the visits and to hear about their experiences. For me, this was summarised by a year 1 child bringing to me the morning after the trip to Birmingham an amazing piece of writing that she had been inspired  to create  that evening at home. An Inspiring Young Mind.

Finally-we don’t receive many letters these days for obvious reasons. However one arrived on Thursday from a student who is currently in year 7. They had been asked to write to a letter to someone or somewhere that had inspired them and she chose to write to us. Reading the letter put a spring into the step of staff on Friday. Another Inspiring Young Mind.