Year 6 Residential - London
We have a three day residential in London. We visit The British Museum, Westminster Cathedral; The Natural History Museum; Tate Britain Art Gallery; watch a West End Show last year we saw Lion King and went on the London Eye at night. We also walk from Trafalgar Square along Whitehall past Downing Street, The Cenotaph, and finished at The Battle of Britain War Memorial on the Thames Embankment.
Last year we also visited The Houses of Parliament, we had booked for this year but have had the visit cancelled due to the Queen's State Opening of Parliament. As this was such an integral part of the visit we have booked to go to Parliament in June and also visit The National Gallery. Instead of Parliament in the residential we will visit The Science Museum.
Year 5 Residential - Caythorpe (PGL)
Year 5 children go to Caythorpe Court, which is a PGL centre in Lincolnshire, early in the summer term. They usually go for 2 ½ days, but parents have the option of extending this to 3 full days. The children can choose from a variety of outdoor and adventurous activities including: archery, aero ball, fencing, rifle shooting, quad biking, raft building, kayaking, trapeze, giant swing, zip wire and high ropes. The children take part in 4 activities a day, led by qualified PGL staff. Use of all safety equipment is included in the cost of the residential. Accommodation is on site and children sleep in rooms of between 4 and 8 children.
The children really enjoy the opportunity to be outdoors all day, trying new activities and pushing themselves to achieve something they didn’t think they could. There are a few nerves and lots of proud, smiling faces on this trip.
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Year 4 Residential - Burwell House
Year Four have a two day residential in Burwell. We take part in lots of activities. These include studying the village of Burwell and comparing it to Yaxley, making clay tiles and taking part in team building challenges and orienteering. The main activity on the visit is to use the TV studio. This links with our topic and with Literacy, as we prepare a script for a news programme. This year, it was based around Amelia’s Road, a booked set in Mexico, which is our topic in the Autumn Term.
In the TV studio, we tried many jobs both in front of and behind the camera. As well as being newsreaders and reporters, we used the sound mixer and cameras and some people even had a go at being the programme director.
We also take part in the famous Burwell Fox.
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Year 3 Residential - Mepal
Year 3 went on an overnight residential to Mepal Outdoor Centre in July, this year. The children took part in various outdoor and adventurous activities, including, rock climbing, archery, orienteering, shelter building, high ropes, rifle shooting, bush craft and a blindfolded trust trail. The activities are all led by qualified staff and the children are shown how to belay using the harnesses and ropes to keep each other safe when they are off the ground.
Children had to opportunity to go along for a day or stay overnight in the onsite accommodation where children slept in rooms of 4. The children enjoyed the trip with many commenting that it was the best thing that they had done in the whole of their time at William De Yaxley. For many it was their first time staying away from home and the children showed great confidence and independence throughout the trip. Children left Mepal feeling proud of fears they had overcome and challenges that they faced.