On a slightly drizzly Monday morning, Year 5 children set off from Westbury House to catch the bus to Juniper Hall near Dorking.
We arrived, excited and eager to start. Sarah, our Tutor for the activities, introduced herself and we settled in to our first activity: collecting waterproofs and wellies! These proved invaluable during our stay!
Our purpose was to take part in environmental studies.
This involved learning how to set traps for small mammals (mice, voles, shrews) so we could study them and see how they have adapted to their surroundings. We also studied the invertebrates which live in the pond. Perhaps the most interesting and exhausting activity was the long walk over Box Hill, learning about the geology of the area.
Other activities included a treasure hunt where we learned how to use a compass to take and follow bearings. The treasure was cake! We also built shelters in the woodland to protect us from the rain and help us survive. Much fun was had at the camp fire, singing songs and roasting marshmallows.
The children had a great time, especially on the first night when they hardly slept a wink. No-one complained of home sickness and meal times passed without a hitch. We shared the centre with a few other schools and it was good to see how well Westbury House children behaved.
Ms Lopez and Mr Wood