Trips and Residentials
Here is a selection of trips and residentials we have enjoyed during 2016/17:
Peak Wildlife Park
Year 5 went to Peak Wildlife Park. Being smaller than traditional zoos meant it was far more inactive and the children were able to ask lots of questions and gt hands on with the animals. The aim was for the children to be able to observe the different habitats and surroundings for different animals. They were also able to talk to the keepers about specific animals. From this we have now carried out a non-chronological report on an animal we met whilst there and have discuss how animals are suited to their habitat. We even produced a video of our day!
Lottie said, "feeding the wallabies was amazing."
Freddie asked, "can we come again?"
"I really enjoyed being able to watch the animals be fed and when the lemur nearly pooed on Miss Harris," said Charlie.
Year 1 went to Stafford Castle to experience a ‘real life’ castle, look at the armour and experience what it would be like The children absolutely loved the trip and the ‘real life’ experience of what a castle is like:
“I really liked the trip it was so much fun! I liked making the coins and finding out about the amour. Looking around the castle was good as well.”
“I loved the castle and dressing up. I dressed up as a princess.”
“It was so cool I tried on the armour it was VERY heavy.”
“I liked the castle because I could go outside and see the keep. We all charged up like knights to the castle.”
Houses of Parliament
On Monday 26th September 2016 Class 6 travelled to London to visit The Houses of Parliament. Fortunately, we were asked to attend by special invitation from our local Macclesfield Member of Parliament (David Rutley). The purpose of our visit was to tour around The Palace of Westminster, learn more about the history of Parliament and to understand about the UK system of Democracy.
It almost went disastrously wrong when our coach did not arrive to collect us at the expected time. Luckily, we dashed to the train station and jumped onto a train to London with minutes to spare. Feeling relieved, we found our seats and settled down for the journey which took almost two hours. During that time, we were given some unexpected treats from Virgin Trains. These contained: biscuits, water, crackers, pepper chutney, cheese spread and a Kit-Kat bar.
When we arrived at Euston Station, we made our way to the underground and caught the train to Westminster. Filled with excitement, we scattered like skittles out of the train station and feasted our eyes on the grand, golden, colossal and majestic structure, that towered above us. Standing proud in front of us, was Big Ben. Overwhelmed and astounded, we gazed up in awe at this phenomenal British monument.
At two o’clock, we weaved through the grounds of the Palace and made our way to the entrance. Because it is the centre of government, there is high security which means that we were scanned and our bags were checked. Although the policemen were armed with rifles, they were friendly and helpful. In fact, they were so helpful that they informed us that The Prime Minister (Theresa May) would shortly be driving past in her official car. The vehicle, which was jet-black with tinted windows, was a Jaguar. Just at that moment, the car swept past and we caught a glimpse of her waving enthusiastically.
Later in the afternoon, we began the tour. Passing through Westminster Hall, our tour guide told us how in Tudor times, King Henry VIII had played tennis in the hall. They knew this because they found ancient tennis balls in the roof. Also, we found out that Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama had made speeches there. Nelson Mandela was a famous black politician from South Africa who fought against discrimination and racism. After that, we were taken to the Robe Room. The Robe Room, which contained several large paintings, is used by the Queen once a year on the State Opening of Parliament. On this day, she reads the Queen’s Speech which is written by the Prime Minister. As we walked through the corridoors, we could see chandeliers, patterned tiles on the floors, statues of famous politicians such as Margaret Thatcher, Lloyd George and Winston Churchill and in some rooms we could see the initials VR (Victoria Regina). Queen Victoria was on the throne when they rebuilt Parliament after a fire.
Eventually, we were led to the House of Lords. From the ceiling, microphones dangled down. Unfortunately, we were not able to sit on the luxurious, red leather seats in case they were damaged. On the far side of the room, stood a 24 carat gold-leafed throne which the queen sits on when she comes to the opening of Parliament. The Lords are people who are experts in different areas such as doctors, scientists and businessmen including Lord Sugar. Next, we passed through the Central Lobby and arrived at the House of Commons. The Queen is not allowed in the House of Commons because King Charles First tried to arrest five MPs but he failed and the MPs removed his power and beheaded him. No king or queen has ever set foot in there since. There are 650 members of parliament but in the chamber where they meet there are only 447 chairs therefore, some people have to stand. In the chamber, the prime minister and her party and the opposition debate the laws. On the table, there is a dent where Winston Churchill banged his fist. The seats are dark green and are made of leather. Above the seating, there is a gallery for the public. There is a modesty curtain so that the male MPs could not see women’s ankles in the last century.
After one and a half hours, we were led back to the main hall where we were shown the statue which a suffragette chained herself to during their fight for the right to vote. When we left the Houses of Parliament, we walked across Westminster Bridge to admire the spectacular view of the building overlooking the River Thames.
We are very grateful to Macclesfield Rotary Club for helping to fund this visit. We learnt so much about British democracy and British history. It was a fantastic experience which we will never forget.
By Year 6 Shared writing
Delamere 2017 - Year 1 and 2
The trip was a great success, although a little chilly the children got stuck in. We had lots of opportunities to take part in different activities such as hanging hammocks, den building and orienteering. We enjoyed looking for wildlife and exploring the habitat.
"Miss Clare had to test the welly gobbling puddles so our wellies didn't get stuck in the mud!"
"I liked making my hammock it was so comfy."
"Hot chocolate and biscuits by the den was the best bit it kept me warm."
Robin Wood - Year 3 & 4
We took 29 children from Years 3 and 4 to Todmorden for a fantastic 1-night residential in January. The children were put into 3 groups and took part in a range of challenging but fun activities which were led by trained staff. The majority of the children had never experienced these types of activities before and although they found them challenging, they took part in everything - showing amazing resilience and bravery! The activities included: archery, caving, climbing wall, night line, piranha pool, archery and crate challenge. The three members of staff from school were incredibly proud of all children that went.
"I loved it. The best bit was the piranha pool because I got to swim when I fell in and I love swimming!" Megan
Olivia, "I loved it because I climbed to the top of the climbing wall. I almost did it twice!"
Ryan, "Stacking the crates was great! It was really wobbly the higher up we went and then we got to jump off."
"It was really hardwork but good fun! I overcame my fears!" Jack