FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2017
The 29 children and 4 members of staff all arrived at school very excited about going on their trip to Aylmerton for a long weekend. The staff were Mrs Fitzgerald, Mrs Farrell and Mrs Smith. Miss Candler joined us on Friday evening and departed on Sunday evening.
We departed school at 9 a.m. and arrived at Aylmerton at 11.15 a.m. The children had a talk from the centre staff about Health & Safety and what and where they were allowed to go. They had all been allocated their dormitories before we left school and so they took their luggage to their relevant room. After settling in and getting our bearings, we then got on a coach and went to Cromer where we visited Cromer Church. The children and staff all got to climb to the very top of the church and look out over Cromer, as well as looking inside the church. We then got back on the coach and went back to the Field Study Centre and went into the woodland to have some fun. The children got to look for items that you would not normally find in a wood and also had a few go's at going around a course blindfolded. After this we went back to our rooms to get ready for the evening meal - everybody was ready for this! Afterwards we went to the pavilion and listened to a storyteller. Just before bedtime we all went and had a cup of hot chocolate, biscuits and some lovely cake made by Hope's mum for her birthday. We were well and truly spoilt!
SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2017
The children were all up bright and early and ready for their breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by a morning briefing. We then boarded a coach to West Runton where we walked along the beach to Cromer, examining the beach environment (rockpools, fossils, glaciation and erosion). This was lots of fun as we got to have a paddle in the sea as well. We ate our lunch on Cromer Pier and then boarded the bus back to Aylmerton where we had a team talk about the afternoon's activities which were team building and hide building. The children were put into their groups and got to build a hide in the woods that was hopefully invisible and waterproof. The staff tested this out by having water pistols and aiming at the hide and seeing how many children came out wet - there were a few!
After the evening meal, which was again delicious, we set out on a twilight safari around the Felbrigg Estate and visited Felbrigg Church where we had a story about the family who owned the estate. It was then time for hot chocolate and cake again before bedtime. Lights out at 10 p.m.
SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2017
After another lovely breakfast we had a morning briefing about the activities we were doing for the day. The weather was a bit dull but that didn't dampen our spirits as we departed Aylmerton on a coach to Blakeney where we then walked along the beach to Morston and examined the dunes and shingle habitats. The children were excited about walking through the mud marsh in their bare feet. Walking on the shingle was hard but everybody managed it. We then got back on the bus to take us back to Blakeney where we got on a ferry to take us out to see the seals. After the evening meal we went to Splash swimming pool and the children had a lovely time with the wave machine, using the slide and generally having fun with balls etc. We finished off the evening again with hot chocolate, biscuits and the rest of the cake before bedtime.
MONDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2017
Our last day! We all woke early and packed our cases ready for our journey home later on in the day. The children had to strip their beds and make sure the room was left tidy. We still did manage to accumulate a bin bag full of lost property that nobody wanted to own. The mornings activity was going on a Monster Trail through the Felbrigg Estate. Each group of children were given a map and a compass and they had to find clues along the way. It was very interesting to see who could read a map and not get lost!
After lunch, which we had back at the centre, we then embarked on our journey back to school where our parents were ready to collect us.
The children all said they had a lovely time and couldn't wait to go again next year.