Gilbert White Residential
Year 3 enjoyed a fun-packed two-day residential to Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Gilbert White Field Studies Centre. We departed school by coach on Thursday morning and travelled to our first stop, which was the country park. Once there, we played lots of outdoor games, went on an obstacle course, did some sketching and had a spot of lunch. Later in the afternoon, we made our way to Gilbert White’s. When we arrived, we ran around in the beautiful meadows, which were full of the rare Cowslip. Before dinner, we explored the grounds by hunting for hidden boxes dotted around the gardens and fields. The boxes contained an A-Z of facts about Gilbert White and his work with nature. Later in the evening, we played a nature quiz and went for a bat walk, where we were able to listen to the clicking noises the bats make and spot them flying above us. We also had the opportunity to see the newts in the pond, cook marshmallows over the campfire and set up our tents for bedtime.
The following day, we spent the morning making clay models of animals we had learnt about the evening before and doing some orienteering in the grounds. We were able to use a compass to direct us to clues, which revealed a mystery word. Before lunch we went for a walk up the ‘Zig Zag’ path that Gilbert White had designed as a way of quickly climbing the hill to take in the wonderful scenery around him. Later in the afternoon, we conducted an experiment on rocks that we had collected on our walk, and went for a walk around the village to detect different types of rock we had learnt about.
When it was time to go we were sad to say goodbye to the breath-taking scenery but looked forward to seeing our family once again.
There was certainly a lot of snoozing on the coach home!