Last week Y5 departed Winchester for their new home in the New Forest with their class teachers and friends for a few days of fun, discovery and learning.
Whilst there, their parents were updated every day on their children’s shenanigans in the New Forest. During the first few hours of settling into their new home for the rest of the week, the girls went mini-beast hunting, pond dipping and very bravely navigated their way through the dark in search of nocturnal creatures.
Their first full day included a field study of the local environment which allowed them to compare plant life in two very different habitats. Furthermore, they had the chance to develop their animal tracking skills which culminated in the ability to identify a number of animals from evidence gathered in the woodland. The girls enjoyed great food and the opportunity to go swimming was very refreshing after such busy days exploring, strengthening bonds and establishing new friendships.
On the second day they were treated to a full English breakfast, climbed the high ropes, built shelters and rafts, plus learnt some bush craft skills. Their stay was then rounded off with a campfire including hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.