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Tuesday 20th June 2017 - Rutland Water

For so many reasons, KS1 had an amazing day today.  We arrived at the Water Sports Centre at Whitwell just after 9:30 a.m., marked out our pitch and got settled in with all of our bags and packed lunches.  Then Dale from the nature reserve came and talked to us about the purpose of Rutland Water, its history and the different elements it offers today.  He took us on a nature walk and throughout the morning, we saw a swan and cygnets, ducks with their ducklings, coots, swallows, butterflies, rabbits and a squirrel. 

rutland 1


Rutland 2

Then Dave and Holly spoke to us about water safety.  We learned some very interesting facts about the dangers of being in and on water and they gave us some super advice about how to reduce the risks.  We looked at different things that are used on the water to keep us safe.

Rutland 3

Then came the most challenging part of the day ... the wetsuits.  We had arms in legs, legs in arms and some of us even elevated into the air in an attempt to get into them!

Rutland wetsuit

Finally we were ready for the off.  Wetsuits on, buoyancy aids and life jackets on, helmets on and paddles at the ready.

Off we go


Some of us were excited, some scared or nervous, but everyone had a go and any worries soon disappeared as we explored the reservoir in our very own kayaks.

But we didn't stop there .....

pontoon jump

... we did a pontoon jump!

Once dried off and changed, we enjoyed a picnic lunch and just to finish off the afternoon, we visited the outdoor gym.


What an amazing day!





Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/06/2017

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What a wonderful trip to Morrisons we had on Thursday morning!

We tried several Italian foods such as fresh Ciabatta with olive oil and fresh basil leaves, various cold pastas, Italian meats and cheeses including a blue cheese.

We tried Italian olives and Greek olives to compare them to.

The butchery department talked the children through the process of making minced beef, used for bolognaise and demonstrated making fresh burgers too.

Our children were also luckily enough to look at and touch various fresh fish including a squid!  We have since tasted some cooked octopus in school which got very mixed reviews!

In school we learnt about how olive oil is made and we visited the oils aisle to look at the various choices on offer.

Morrisons provided cookies and a drink each in the café to conclude our visit which the children (and adults) really enjoyed.