Warwick Castle, March 2017
The long-awaited trip to Warwick Castle for Years 1 and 2 was a very special day as the girls were going to see first-hand all the many parts of the castle, having learned about them in their Creative Curriculum lessons.
On arrival, we saw the Gateway and Portcullis which the girls had previously drawn in such detail during lessons. Much to their amusement, they had their photos taken in the stocks. From there, we explored as much of the castle as possible, from the Great Hall down to the Trebuchet by the river, which made a peaceful location for our picnic lunch.
On our return, I asked the girls which part of the day they liked best and had such enthusiastic responses. Some liked the huge bedrooms upstairs, with all the ‘made-up’ people. A few girls enjoyed seeing the baby in the nursery and the people playing the piano. Others loved learning about King Henry the Eighth’s many wives and seeing all the books in the library. Some girls liked the Kingsmaker rooms because they were dark and scary and most of the girls enjoyed the wonderful, spiral staircase in the middle.
As well as a huge amount of fun, a great deal of learning about history took place and we managed to avoid any scary dragons all day!
milton keynes museum, october 2016
Pre-Prep girls travelled back in time at a local museum to introduce them to the concept of the past.
Our purpose was to learn all about how people lived a long time ago when there was no electricity. The museum is an old house which has been laid out as it would have been in Victorian times. Our guides were dressed in Victorian costume. One of them, Mrs Hastings, set the scene when she lit the oil lamp in the parlour and little faces looked up at her and listened with rapt attention as she took us on a journey back in time.
There were many high spots on our tour. The Victorian classroom was a favourite; the children sat at desks and wrote on slates, they heard that Victorian teachers were very strict and the children may have had the cane if they were naughty.
We went to the laundry where we all had a go at wringing out the wet clothes. In the kitchen we learnt that bread was cooked on a kitchen range. The important people ate the ‘upper crust’ and the servants ate the sooty bottom. Yuk! Every part of the pig was eaten even its toes – this news was accompanied by loud squeals of horror. We learnt a great deal about ‘Life in the Past’ and we came away understanding how hard life had been for the Victorians.
Woburn Safari Park, March 2016
Bedfordshire’s wild animal park was the destination for Years 1 and 2 as part of their Creative Curriculum topic. Prior to the trip, the children had been learning about animals. Their starting point was The Carnival of the Animals by French composer Saint-Saëns, which prompted them to look at African animals in different landscapes. This trip gave them an exciting opportunity to go on their own safari and see the animals at close quarters.
A member of staff from the safari park also talked to the girls about different habitats and how animals adapt to them.
Cotswold Wildlife Park, June 2015
Years 1 and 2 enjoyed meets and greets with the likes of camels, snakes, meerkats and penguins at Cotswold Wildlife Park in a full day of fun and adventure.
Warwick Castle, March 2015
Years 1 and 2 had a wonderful day at Warwick Castle with the trip bringing to life all that the girls had been learning about castles. To begin, they witnessed the firing of the mighty trebuchet and cheered loudly as the flaming stone was blasted into the distance. Next, they looked at the outside walls of the castle. As the children craned their necks to look at the battlements, they began to appreciate that the castle was indeed a stronghold.
Their visit to the Kingsmaker, which is a waxworks of castle life, provided the opportunity for them to look closely at objects they had learnt about. They listened to the blacksmith hammering away on his anvil and saw the shining armour he had made. In the Great Hall, meanwhile, there was a special treat – the curator allowed the children to hold the sword, very safely of course. It was a pleasure to see the children’s enjoyment and their appreciation of this historical monument which is part of our English heritage.