On Wednesday 24th May, twenty seven eager and excited Year 4 girls and four teachers clambered onto the coach, waved goodbye and set off for their long-awaited trip to Battle. After finding out who was in which room and a quick exploration round the hotel, they got on the coach again to go to Herstmonceaux Observatory.
They spent a fantastic afternoon there, after putting their bags into a marquee, they went off to play on all the exciting scientific games. There were some fabulous water games outside and a full range of interactive ones inside including a vacuum seat that went up and down with one of us sitting on it. The most amazing thing they saw was a giant telescope. It is 119 years old and weighs 12 tonnes. It was so large the roof had to open so it could be used. The roof also rotated 360 degrees and the floor could be raised so someone could sit under the telescope. They also participated in rocket launching and bridge building and, of course, shopped till they dropped in their fabulous shop!
The following day they set off for Bodiam Castle. There they took part in three activities – trying on armour, touring round the castle and weaving. They all learnt how to make friendship bracelets with a cardboard frame and pieces of wool. It kept us quiet for ages –including the teachers! Before they left they had a last chance to do some shopping.
On Friday they went to Bedgebury Pinetum. The first activity was a walk round some of the most amazing fir trees. They made Memory Sticks which involved attaching cones to a stick with elastic bands. They learnt about the Douglas Fir, Californian Redwoods and a tree that is used to make nappies. They made a circle and the size of our circle was the width of the largest Redwood in USA.
However the highlight of the day, if not the whole trip, had to be the chance to Go Ape! They all donned harnesses. They climbed up trees, walked across wobbly crossings and came back down to earth on a zip wire. Some of us were a little scared being up so high and then leaping off the platform but they all agreed it was awesome! They made it back to the coach just as the rain came down.Finally, after a short coach drive, tired but happy Year 4 girls duly returned to school to be collected by their parents.