Day 1 - Monday June 4th 2018
Well what a day! Maple Class have arrived at Stubbington safe and sound after a chorus of 'are we there yet' on the way down. Mrs Smy however was in her car behind, having a lovely sing along to The Greatest Showman. We received a warm welcome from all the Stubbington staff and were shown our rooms. After the initial shock, the children successfully unpacked themselves and 'hung up' their clothes. We have very mixed results; room inspection in the morning will be interesting!
Mr Scarborough gave all the schools a talk about the site and then it was time for lunch. We were told about our afternoon activity and really looked forward to our seashore walk. The weather was beautiful and we collected a variety of shells, obviously stopping for a group photo to give our legs a rest. We learnt lots of things about the coastline and found the afternoon very interesting.
To add even more excitement to an already busy day, we have been told that tonight is our night to visit the hide! We are currently snuggled up in our dressing gowns with our teddy bears, listening to 'The Polar Bear Explorers' Club'. We are really hoping to see some badgers and foxes. Maple are looking forward to another exciting day tomorrow...
Day 2 Tuesday 5th June
Good news to report! Maple class were lucky enough to spot lots of badgers and foxes at the hide last night.
Day 2 started with a delicious and hearty breakfast. After that was room inspections and shall we say there is some room for improvement!
Our first activity was chaingangs a team building game followed by being shipwrecked on a desert island. In teams the children needed to make a shelter to protect themselves from the elements. Unfortunately, a dark cloud was overhead and the ‘rain’ tested their shelters. There were a few gaps in the walls and some of us got slightly damp...
Once we had dried off we found out that we were building mammal hotels in the afternoon. We identified that they needed food, water, warmth and protection in order to survive. In pairs we created the ideal home for our visitors... we are going to check if we have any guests in the morning!
Day 3 6th June 2018
Photos from Mrs Casson
We all had another successful night’s sleep last night (including the teachers) which made us very happy this morning!
The weather was beautiful and it was a perfect day to find out whether we had any guests in our mammal hotels! Maple Class had luck on their side and we had SIX visitors to study. We had to be very scientific and measure the mammals weight and length. Mr Scarborough helped us check whether our mice were male or female and we gave our visitors a name. After a bit of free time, we sketched our mice before releasing them back into the conservation area.
Lunch is always a favourite time of day for us all! The food is amazing and there is always lots of choice. Our afternoon activities were Pond Dipping and Earth Walks. We explored the conservation area in lots of different ways, using our senses to discover the woodland. During pond dipping, we gathered lots of different creatures and studied them using our magnifying glasses.
We had a brilliant day exploring Stubbington Study Centre and we are VERY excited for Earthquake tomorrow!
Day 4 June 7th 2018
The children woke up full of excitement this morning because today was the day for Earthquake!
After breakfast, we put our wellies on ready to head down to the beach. The children created their own mini rock pools and found lots of interesting creatures. Next, the children had a sandcastle competition. Whilst digging and building, we heard some squeals of delight, “We’ve found treasure!” One group had uncovered a flat grey mystery object - it was very long! After further digging we discovered it was a long plastic plank and we came up with lots of exciting ideas of how it got there. The building then continued and they produced some brilliant creations. Before heading back, we went on a search for fossils and Kayden found a shark’s tooth!!
Anticipation was building throughout the day but after lunch it was finally time for the children to try out a career as an emergency rescuer! They were informed of the terrible news that an Earthquake had struck Stubbington village and that babies from the local orphanage were in need of saving. Of course to cover more ground we had to create rescue teams and take some equipment with us, the ladder was a particularly essential but tricky piece of rescue equipment. Year 4 had to navigate their team (equipment included) over a range of obstacles in the Earthquake site including the famous Lava Leap. While gathering their babies, all of the children showed brilliant team work and determination. However all of the adults were slightly concerned for the babies welfare as some were put on the spade or in a sealed sack for ‘safe transportation’. The children had a brilliant time and it was a fantastic afternoon filled with fun and laughter.
But the excitement didn’t stop there! As evening appoached it was almost time for the famous ‘S Factor’ competition. All the children had been working in their house groups all week to perform an iconic Stubbington song. All the children took part brilliantly and gave the adults a show to remember. We are all very sad to be leaving tomorrow but can’t wait to tell people at home about our adventures this week!
See you soon