Our Year 4 pupils have returned from an amazing residential stay at the Dean Field Studies Centre.

Set in the beautiful and historic setting of Parkend, in the heart of the Forest of Dean, this was the first opportunity for some children to stay away from home.  However, this didn’t stop them engaging and enjoying all the outdoor activities on offer.

Learning independence and resilience, the children were involved in many fun and challenging tasks, the first being able to make your own bed!

Then came scaling a 9 metre climbing wall and descending the zip wiring, this took an enormous amount of courage but was truly exhilarating (just ask Mrs Badham!).  The stream study and forest walk with a nature scavenger hunt taught the children about ecology and respect for our environment.  We saw iron minerals seeping into the stream, picked and sampled natural wood sorrel and learnt about the history of the Forest.  Tunneling and problem solving activities were among many other opportunities do to develop resilience and perseverance skills.

Above all, the children were impeccably behaved and had the most incredible time.  They were a pleasure to take away and we are very proud of them.  We’re sure the children will have memories that will last a lifetime.

See a collection of photos below: