53 excited Year 3 children travelled to the Lake District recently as the year group went on their annual trip to Grasmere for an action packed two days of adventure.
The pupils had been studying the village in humanities lessons and the trip supported the children’s learning and put Grasmere into the wider context of the Lake District.
Brockhole Visitor Centre was the first stop and it was here that a chartered boat allowed the adventurers to cruise around Lake Windermere in the beautiful sunshine. After mooring at a jetty they were given a tour around Wray Castle – a venue which provided inspiration to Beatrix Potter for her book illustrations after she visited there on her family holidays.
Next up the pupils got creative as they engaged in wild art. They designed shields to represent their visit and used foliage, branches, lichens and moss to create a collage. A walk to the beach was followed by a trip to an adventure playground made from natural materials found in the grounds of the castle.
After making their way back across the lake everyone boarded the coach for the last leg of the journey to Grasmere where they climbed the hill to the Youth Hostel at Buttarlyp Howe. Pupil Humaira Gurjee was impressed with the accommodation: “The youth hostel was amazing. It was good fun to sleep in the bunk beds and share a room with our friends.” After unpacking, having dinner and exploring the beautiful gardens it was time to head to bed.
The next morning the pupils had a hearty breakfast before they started to explore the village of Grasmere and consider why this village in particular, and the Lake District in general, have so many visitors. The village trail took the party past the village church, school, shops, cafes and guest houses and they looked for fish in the River Rothay. Pupil Ronan Breen particularly enjoyed the walk and said: “Visiting all the shops was great.”
Wishes were made at the charity wishing well as pupils dropped pennies into it before everyone sat down in a local park for a well-earned picnic. After stocking up on Sarah Nelson’s famous gingerbread it was time for everyone to board the coach home – tired but full of stories and having had a great time!
Year 3 teacher Mrs Roberts was delighted with how well the trip went: “For many of the children this was the first time they had been away from home. However they were very well behaved, had lots of fun and engaged in all the activities with enthusiasm. They worked well as a team and were polite and respectful of others. We had a great time.”