Year 4 set off on Wednesday 9 May to Swanage to discover more about the coastline and the geology of the Jurassic Coast. The girls spent time learning about different rocks and fossils and then loved actually hunting for these rock types and fossils on Swanage beach. They also enjoyed racing the waves although some were not quite quick enough!
They built a number of different sculptures over the 3 days including environmental art using the natural environment to make sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, the geology of Swanage bay, recreating a favourite shell on the beach and building headlands, caves, arches and stacks on Studland Bay.
We walked a great deal and admired the coastline of this amazingly beautiful area and they learnt about some of the wildlife and plants that grow and are protected in and around Swanage.
We were extremely lucky with the weather, enjoying sunny days the whole time we were there and this meant we were able to really enjoy the time on the cliffs and beaches. The girls were all extremely well behaved and the teachers were all very proud of how polite they were and that they were engaged and interested in all they were shown and asked to do.
The highlight for many of the girls was sleeping in rooms together and we were impressed with their resilience and ability to encourage and look after each other especially those that were maybe feeling a little homesick.
It was a very successful trip and we hope it has helped many of them to develop their confidence and feelings of independence ready for future trips.