English, Science, Geography and History: Year 6 Residential Trip to Birmingham
This was the first residential trip we had done in Year 6 and it was all the more exciting as it was also the first combined curricular trip, covering History, Science, Geography and English.
Our first stop when we left the Prep School was Warwick Castle, where pupils enjoyed the Attack & Defence talk given by the castle staff and seemed to pay particular attention to the more gruesome aspects of the discussion!
Later that day, after settling into the hotel, we all went off to an activity centre to engage in some climbing. The children were kitted out with harnesses and hard hats for a safety briefing before being led on to a variety of walls by their instructors. It was amazing to watch their prowess on the various walls that they tackled.
On the next day we visited the Think Tank Science Museum where the children were very quickly immersed in the interactive displays. They all enjoyed the Crime Scene Investigation workshop and we now have everybody's finger prints on file, which could be handy...
Soon we were back on the coach and heading towards the much anticipated trip to Cadbury's World.
On arrival, the pupils went straight into a Geography workshop 'Bean to Bar' before we embarked on the "4D Experience" and a Factory. As part of one exhibition we were all given pots of warm liquid chocolate to which pupils were invited to add a variety of sprinkles whilst watching the staff hand-craft chocolate creations. What a treat!
In the evening we then visited a Winter Sports centre called The Snowdome where the children went tobogganing, The Snowdome was amazing and the children were straight up the travelator to the top of the slope, whizzing down and starting the process all over again!
On the final day of the trip we visited Stratford and The William Shakespeare Birthplace Museum. This was extremely interesting - especially as we had our own Shakespeare guide in the form of Mrs Brundle!
The children then enjoyed a quick shopping session before we were guided around Shakespeare's Stratford, visiting his old school and home and his final resting place before lunch outside the RSC Theatre.
Throughout the trip the children were an absolute credit to Bede's and a real pleasure to take away. Moreover, I think that we all, teachers and pupils, learned a huge amount about a vast array of topics - all the while having a great deal of fun!