At All Saints we value the learning that takes place by giving the children variety of experiences. This involves inviting visitors into school and arranging a variety of trips for the children. Throughout the year, we have lots of fun and exciting school trips. Here are only a few!
Year 5 and 6 visited Drayton manor to start off their Scream machine topic. They saw and experienced lots of different rides and learned about the forces involved and materials used on the different rides. There was certainly a lot of screaming and some very damp children and teachers after the water ride. It was a fantastic trip.
Y 3 and 4 went on a visit to the deep as part of their Blue Abyss topic. We enjoyed seeing a wide variety of sea life, especially the huge tank which stretched through The Deep. We saw fierce sharks, colourful tropical fish, peculiar pipe fish, and majestic turtles. We also learned about how different types of penguin are classified and how to use their different appearances to identify them
We arrived safely and bought the sunshine with us! We settled into our new home and went off exploring the site. Groups 1 and 2’s first activity was zip wire. The children (and adults) got their harnesses on, leapt off the platform, whizzed through the air and some landed with a less than graceful landing! Group 3 and 4 began their afternoon with tackling the challenge course and jumped, climbed and problem solved along the way! After a short break, we swapped activities and had a fantastic afternoon.
After a busy afternoon, the children were more than ready for their tea-sausage, mash and vegetables was on the menu, followed by a yummy jam donut! We had a small amount of downtime then wrapped up warm ready for the campfire where we joined in with many songs and stories.
It has been an extremely wet and cold day but that hasn’t dampened our spirits! We started the day with a full English breakfast and headed off in the rain to our morning activities. The children excelled themselves at archery, with some children managing to hit a bullseye. One group braved the rain and showed real grit and determination on Jacob’s Ladder, even though all they wanted to do was run and hide inside the hut!
Lunch consisted of jacket potatoes which was very welcomed to warm us up and get us ready for the afternoon. Luckily, the rain eased off and it was a climbing afternoon for all groups. We were so proud of the children for conquering their fears, getting higher than they thought they would and supporting each other.
After a delicious tea, the children were thrilled to visit the shop and spend their pennies on presents and sweeties (but not too many!). The evening activities, consisted of a group challenge of outdoor cluedo and hopefully the children are so warn out, they will go straight to sleep!!
Although we were forecast snow today, thankfully this wasn’t the case and we were met with lots of sunshine throughout the day. After a hearty breakfast, we spent the morning by the lake raft building. The groups worked well as teams and they built their rafts out of barrels, poles and ropes. They were all very well made and didn’t sink so technically the children didn’t need to get wet, however, they chose to jump in anyway (brrrr!).
Fish fingers, chips and beans went down very well for lunch and the afternoon was spent climbing; the children tackled ‘All Aboard’ and the climbing wall. Again, the children excelled themselves and climbed higher than they ever thought they would. We finished the afternoon with the Sensory Trail and completed the course blindfolded.
Excitement was high after tea as the children put their glad rags on ready to dance the night away at the disco.
Year 5 and 6 had an unforgettable residential visit to Liverpool. We managed to pack a broad range of exciting and varied activities into our three day visit. We began by stopping en-route at Chester Zoo. We were very lucky with the weather and the children had a fantastic time seeing the amazing animals. We particularly enjoyed seeing the monkeys and apes and how close we were able to get to the giraffes. That night we explored the Liverpool Docks and dined at Pizza Express.
The next day, we had a very full agenda! To some Liverpool Football fans delight, we had a guided tour around Anfield Football Stadium. We then went into Liverpool and visited Liverpool’s World museum. Later in the afternoon, we had a flight on the Liverpool Eye and were able to spot the famous sights of Liverpool. That evening we returned to the youth hostel and put on our ‘glad rags’ and went out for a meal at Bella Italia and walked to the Empire Theatre to watch Wicked. The children (and the staff) thoroughly enjoyed watching the performance and experiencing the theatre. That night, we were very late for bed and the children fell asleep as soon as their heads touched their pillows!
The last day of our residential, we took full advantage of the ‘full English’ breakfast, boarded the coach and made our way to Tatton Park. At Tatton Park we had a guided ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ tour of the mansion, explored the working Farm and burnt our energy off at the playground. We boarded the bus for our final leg of the journey back to school after an action-packed, truly memorable visit to Liverpool.
As part of our 'Mighty Metals' topic, the children had a visit from JuniorSTEM where they learnt how to program and make a robot monster. They thoroughly enjoyed it and picked up the programming skills extremely quickly.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
As part of our Amazing Animals topic the children had a fantastic visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Our favourite part was seeing the Polar bears playing with a cardboard box!
We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the iSing POP project. We learnt all the songs and dance routines during the teaching part of the week and then recorded our own album! We then showcased our talents by putting on a magical, uplifting concert at the local secondary school.
In March a group of Y5 and Y6 children went on the school’s very first residential visit to the great city of London.
After a very early start we arrived in London and set straight off for the zoo. The children enjoyed seeing a range of wild and unfamiliar animals. That evening, after negotiating the underground, we went out for a lively, yummy dinner at Planet Hollywood and had a well-deserved sleep back at the youth hostel.
On day 2, we experienced both the Science and Natural History museums. They were both fascinating and informative and we learnt many new fun facts! The sun decided to shine over lunch and we had a picnic and let off some steam in the Princess Diana’s memorial park. In the evening we were ‘wined’ and dined to a three course meal at Café Rouge.
On our last day, we went to Pineapple Dance Studios and took part in a theatre workshop where we learnt some performing stage skills and were taught a musical routine from Matilda. In the afternoon we were extremely excited to be watching the matinee performance of Matilda the Musical in the Cambridge Theatre; which was unbelievable.
It was a very busy and action packed three days and the children had an amazing experience creating memories which will last for a lifetime.
Today the children enjoyed a special treat. Peter Pan and Captain Hook took to the stage. After a hugely entertaining afternoon I'm sure a few more Peter and Wendy's left All Saints than arrived in the morning.
Every year our Year Five and Six children have the opportunity to go on a four day residential visit to PGL Caythorpe Court. Activities include climbing, raft building, archery, rifle shooting, abseiling and much more. The children are encouraged to challenge themselves and become more independent as well as having lots of fun!
After another successful night’s sleep, the children were not that willing to surface after their wake up call! The children were refuelled after another hearty breakfast and the early morning rain had cleared just in time for morning activities.
In the midst of a cold, frosty morning, Mr Ray and his entourage of brave children took part in several problem solving activities. The children took turns leading activities and showcasing different aspects of teamwork. All of the children worked fantastically with their peers, with Jake ES and Hannah making sure each member of the group got a chance to take part and contribute, whilst demonstrating spectacular leadership skills.
Just before lunch, Mr Cooke’s group got to experience Tunnel Tail. Everyone was extremely enthusiastic with James R being the group’s superstar and earning himself the nick name, ‘Moleman’ for his ability to navigate the tunnels in the pitch black!
Throughout the day, most of the groups had their ‘All Aboard’ session. Mr Jones’ group worked together well as a team and Tyler along with Maddyson showed astonishing team work and both made it to the top. As the day went on, some of the children started to get a bit tired, especially Ethan. However, he was so determined not to let this stop him and along with Mrs Norton and Lily, he made it to the top. He even had energy to push his team mates off the top during a quick game!
Calum and Alexandra both celebrated their birthdays and were touched to receive a PGL card and cake. Calum had an extra special treat and was sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to at the top of All Aboard.
After a very successful last full day, the children made their final visit to the shop and attempted to start the packing process! They are currently getting ready for Disco night and swapping their dirty clothes for their dancing clothes!
After a successful first night sleep, the majority of children had to be woken up for their breakfast. Breakfast was a choice of a cooked breakfast, a variety of cereals and toast by the tray load. The morning began extremely foggy and bitterly cold but we were once again optimistic the sun was about to shine!
Mr Ray’s group unfortunately had their Raft Building session first thing where all children managed to fall in and become rather chilly in 5 degree temperatures!
A new activity that we hadn’t attempted before was Tunnel Trail. The children really enjoyed navigating around the underground rat runs, playing games and trying to find their way out!
Mr Jones’ group looked forward to an adrenaline thrill-seeking second session on ‘Jacobs Ladder.’ In groups of three, the children have to aid each other up the large ladder as the gaps gets increasingly wider. Man-Kai was a little unsure about reaching the top, but with a helping hand from Mr Jones he triumphed and was really proud of his efforts. Another natural climber was Lewis.
At midday, the sun was trying to come out and we were ready for our lunch. Jacket potatoes were on the menu along with many visits to the salad bar; we are extremely impressed with how much salad the children are eating!
Mr Cooke’s group all enjoyed the adrenaline rush of the zip wire. It was lovely to see everyone have a go (some even having two!) and huge smiles on their faces as they zoomed down the hill.
Basking in the early evening sunshine Mr Jones’ group took to the high ropes, which is a trim trail raised high above the ground. After an apprehensive start the group made it around the course. A special mention to Charlotte, who struggled to overcome one particular obstacle and wanted to give up – however overcame her fear finished the course and even went around again! On their second time around the course, Tegan and Lewis flew around like they were Tarzan!
The final session of the day was Raft Building for both Mrs Norton and Mrs Barton’s group. Mrs Norton’s group were the champions as neither one of their rafts sank and the children all managed to keep dry!
We finally arrived after a rather slow bus ride and went straight to our first activities. The children quickly learnt how to get into a harness and the skills of belaying and fishing. Mr Cooke’s group began with All Aboard, with Ellie setting the bar high; the only one who made it to the top! Mr Ray’s group, were first on the high ropes with Henry being the high ropes super star; racing around in less than a minute!
Some of our children were a little bit apprehensive of heights but we were extremely proud watching them overcome it. A special shout out to Rory and Charlie who conquered the high ropes despite being so frightened.
We were all very relieved by lunchtime as the shivering from the cold had made us work up an appetite. Pizza and chips were on the menu; just what we needed!
Unfortunately the promised sunshine did not make an appearance so we were a bit chilly but this did not deter our children and we climbed up to great heights with smiles on our faces and nearly all the children abseiled down the wall.
Mrs Barton’s group were Vertical Challenge heroes as the PGL staff were so impressed with how many of our children made it to the top and tried their best.
Tea time was a choice of beef curry or toad in the hole, they went down a treat! The children let off a bit of steam after tea and are just getting ready for their evening entertainment, Robot Wars.