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Year 5 Isle of Wight Visit

Published on 23/05/19

Year 5 set off for the Isle of Wight on Monday 13 May and were blessed by the weather from day one. First stop was Osbourne House, descending down the long path towards the Victorian garden where Queen Victoria’s children grew up and learnt so much about the world around them. Pupils then headed down to the beach to enjoy the first taste of sea air and even sat in Queen Victoria’s favourite beach hut overlooking the Solent. Soon after it was back to the house for a tour of this exquisite property and the children talked proudly to staff about Claremont’s links with Queen Victoria’s past.

The next day was a sizzler and we headed off for a day of sailing in Cowes. At USKA’s base the children were quickly into their wetsuits and off for a spot of yachting. After a few initial nerves, big smiles emerged as they set off out of the bay with some kayaking after lunch. A few children managed to lose trainers and fall out of boats but everyone was proud of their achievements at the end of the day. The evening was time for the Isle of Wight storyteller and she was certainly appreciated by the children.

Wednesday was time for the idyllic Needles and Old Battery. After a long but beautiful walk up to the Old Battery, pupils enjoyed a talk about its past before heading down to the lookout to gaze at the Needle rocks from the tunnel. Following a retreat down the hill the group ventured down to the beach for a boat trip out to the Needles. It was magical as the sea was calm and the view was breath-taking. After lunch it was on to another beach on the west side of the island for fossil hunting. Pockets were filled with ‘fools’ gold, rock crystals and a few fossils too.

On Thursday the groups split between coastal ecology with Theo, Claremont’s resident expert, and tree climbing. The activities were entwined with both learning and a hearty dose of courage and determination to climb the 15m high oak tree. After nearly leaving one of the teachers up the tree pupils returned for an evening meal followed by ‘arguably the best DJ on the Island’. The children danced the night away, well until 8:45pm, before heading back for a well-earned sleep.

Friday arrived all too quickly and after a farewell to the fabulous hosts at the hotel, pupils departed for Amazon World. This was another captivating experience with over a thousand different creatures to view and supplemented the previous Year 5 studies of the rainforest.

Year 5 returned to Claremont with raptures of applause from the children and lots of washing for the parents. It was a fabulous trip and one that will live long in the memories of our children and teachers. Thank you to the parents for making it possible and all the teachers involved.

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