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Year 5 trip news

The Year 5 residential trip took place recently, with the children visiting an outdoor learning centre in Surrey. It was a busy, jam-packed few days! Each day started early with a range of different activities such as nature walks, shelter building, pond dipping and the most popular one being caving! The children had a fantastic experience of the outdoors, from getting wet and muddy to stargazing at night! Although the weather at times was cold and wet, all the children soldiered through and made the most of all the different activities.

On Tuesday evening, we visited the animal show where the children were buzzing with excitement at the chance of seeing and meeting a range of different animals from a Chinchilla to Polecats. The show was filled with humour, laughter and even some teachers running away from the animals in fear!

Each evening ended with a warm hot chocolate and time to unwind before bedtime. Overall, the children had the opportunity to expand their already existing friendship groups, gain outdoor life skills and build lifelong memories.

Back at Stanburn, pupils participated in an orienteering exercise around the school grounds, using map reading skills to find and locate objects and areas in a mini-competition. The Wise-Up Team came to school and organised the map competition for the morning; and in the afternoon pupils carved their own wooden charcoal pencils and worked in teams to build nature shelters.

On Day 2, pupils took part in archery, organised by an outdoor skills team - using real bows and arrows. The children had great fun attempting to hit the bulls-eye! They also made framed nature art pieces featuring a variety of leaves and flowers collected from around the site. In the afternoon, children took part in various team-building activities where there communication and organisation skills were put to the test!

On Day 3, pupils invented made and cooked their own pizzas! It was a fun and challenging day, with many pupils making a pizza for the first time - not a slice was left at the end of the day!