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Year 6 Residential - Bristol

Pyrenees Class have just returned home from a fantastic three day break in Bristol and the surrounding area. The children departed school and travelled to Weston Super Mare by coach, spending the day on the beach. The children had a wonderful day spending time with their friends, creating sculptures out of sand, playing team games on the beach and even going for a little paddle in the sea (which we decided wasn't as cold as we were expecting). The beach trip was rounded off with an ice cream from a local stand!

We then got back on the coach and drove the short trip to Barton Camp, which is located just outside of Bristol. The children were able to settle into their rooms and make their beds before having dinner with the other two schools sharing the camp. After dinner, the children made the most of the lovely weather with lots of free time outside on the swings and zip wires, playing basketball, football and rounders and they even got to go in the outdoor swimming pool!

The evening was rounded off with hot chocolate and biscuits and the children spending some time in their rooms before bed.

The following day, we travelled into the center of Bristol and spent the day at 'We are the Curious'. The science and technology museum had hundreds of exhibitions for the children to look at and explore in small groups. They experienced slanted rooms, shadow cameras, bubble-making machines and many more exciting things. The children also took part in a 'Colourful Chemistry' workshop where they used bunsen burners to look at different reactions - this was a real insight into how some of their science lessons will work in secondary school! To end the day, the children visited the planetarium, looking at the largest stars in our solar system in great detail, all through a pair of 3D glasses!

Again, back at Barton Camp, the children had more free time, more time in the pool and more hot chocolate and biscuits, this time enjoyed at the same time as a talent show, where children were able to showcase their singing, dancing and acting expertise in front of their peers and and teachers!

On Friday, the children were sad to have to pack their bags and leave Barton Camp. After room inspections and lots of lost property claims, we boarded the coach once more and travelled back into Bristol. We took a long walk around the harbour admiring the boats and buildings (the weather not so nice this time), then we arrived at SS Great Britain. Here, the children took part in an engaging workkshop, looking at where the different roles the SS Great Britain had as a boat as well as where it travelled. They were given real-life artifacts recovered from the boat as well as diary entries and letters. From this, the children had to use these clues to identify a given person who travelled on the SS Great Britain. Following this, the chidlren were given a guided tour of the boat, looking in the different rooms and experiencing what it would have been like to be on board the boat when it was sailing.


What a fantastic few days we have had as a class! I am sure that the children have made many exciting memories which they will remember in years to come. Well done to all the children who have made me feel extremely proud and lucky to have experienced this with them!