Northumberland 2015

Day 1

Hello from Berwick!

We had a quiet journey up to Vindolanda, all 5 hours of it! We saw the Angel of the North and lots of lambs and sheep on the way.

When we got to Vindolanda it was very wet! We sat and listened to a talk about the old Roman Fort in the horizontal rain! The museum was very interesting and we saw some archeologists digging.


We arrived in Berwick to the sunshine and found our digs. Everyone happy with their rooms and we then we had a big tea of pasta, pizza and salad then finished with a delicious piece of chocolate cake.


We then went off for a stroll and a play on the beach.


All in bed and ready for another busy day tomorrow.



Day 2

Hello from Berwick,


We have had another busy, fabulous day. We travelled up into Scotland and went to the Scottish Seabird Centre. We spent time in the centre learning about sea birds and having the opportunities to watch them very carefully on the cameras. Some brave souls, held a starfish, he was called Pete. He felt very rough on the top but was extremely smooth and squashy underneath.


After lunch we went out rock pooling where we found a mixture of crabs, hermit crabs, flat fish, limpets, peri winkles and tones of seaweed in a variety of shapes and colours. We all managed to stay dryish!!


Next we went on a boat trip to Craigleith Island, where we were surprised to see how small the puffins were. Mr Moulton spotted a seal swimming very close to the rocks. Lots of noise and smells from all the different birds on the island!


This evening we had a talk from a local historian called Jim. He showed us weapons, maps and very dark towers!


Off to Edinburgh tomorrow.


Night, night from some very tired pupils and staff!!

Day 3

Good evening from Berwick.


Today we had an early start as we were off to Edinburgh at 8.45!


We went to a museum called Dynamic Earth, it was amazing. We experienced time travel, earthquakes, space travel and the tropical rainforest. We also learnt how important it is to continue with our Eco work and help to look after our animals and their habitats. We had a competition to see who could hold onto the iceberg for the longest!


Next we had our lunch on the steps in the sunshine before a quick trip over to Edinburgh castle.


At the castle the sun was shining and we met our guide who was called Nathan. He told us about the history of the castle, castle life and how the castle was protected.


We had the opportunity to try on a Knights costume. William made a fantastic knight. We still can't work out how the Knights used to move with all that heavy armour!!


After dinner we headed back to the beach for cricket, football, boules, flying planes and fun on the beach!


We have some very excited children really looking forward to tomorrow's visit to Alnwick castle.



Day 4

Well this is our final update from Berwick.


We had a later start this morning and even Mr Moulton slept in!


We set off and headed for Lindisfarne also known as Holy Island. Luckily the tide was out so we were able to cross the causeway with ease. It was a little damp and quite chilly but we found out about how monks used to live and about the Viking invasions of the island. We also saw some beautiful illustrations of the gospels. Some of us had time to play a quick game of 'find exactly 21 grains of sand!' We enjoyed looking at the monastery ruins and finding out amazing facts to win ourselves some more tokens!


Next we headed towards Alnwick castle, we started with some medieval games where we were split into 3 groups. We played skittles, quoits, archery and chuck the rat in the basket. We had the opportunity to make medieval soap and clay tiles. Then we had a chance to be a princess or a knight, some of us had a go at being both! We finished our day with the dragons quest, which was very challenging. We heard a few screams and there was a lot of jumping around!


We are now busy packing our bags and filling in our diaries.


We have had so many comments throughout the week about our children and how well behaved they are. They have been a credit to school, their parents and themselves. All the staff are really proud of them.


We will see you all very soon.

Here is a video of our last night in Northumberland enjoying a sign song with Mr Moulton and Mr Cain.