For the first time this year we decided to take our Year 6 children further afield on their residential visit! On the 15th June we all set off to the Isle of Wight for a fun packed week which gave all of the children fantastic opportunities to develop their independence and practice real life skills.
On our first day we had the excitement of travelling to the coast and then taking the ferry to the Island. We then enjoyed visiting Osborne House the summer residence of Queen Victoria and her family.
Day two and we visited the Lifeboat centre at Bembridge where we were able to see a Tamar Class lifeboat up close and find out about how it is launched and the excellent work that it carries out on The Solent. We then headed to Robinhill Country Park. The children were allowed some independent time in groups to go around and experience the park whilst having to keep checking in every half hour.
An amazing experience for everyone!
On Day three we went fossil hunting on the beach in Ventnor. The Isle of Wight has been famous over the years for giving up several dinosaur fossils so the children found this fascinating. We then headed to The Needles which was the highlight of the visit as we went right out to them on a boat. Less popular was the 200 steps that had to be climbed to get back up the top of the cliff.
Day four saw us heading off the the Owl and Falconry centre at Appuldurcombe House. We watched a very exciting display of falcons and kestrels and got up close to some very large owls. The children also went on a tractor ride around the estate.
Following on from this we went to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Here the children found out about the history of transport on the Island and saw old carriages being restored by volunteers. They then enjoyed a very exciting trip on a steam train.
On the Final day we packed up all of our belongings and made our way to We then headed to The Needles which was the highlight of the visit as we went right out to them on a boat. Less popular was the 200 steps that had to be climbed to get back up the top of the cliff.
Important Dates: Our Year 6 will visit the Isle of Wight on 27th June 2016 for five days!