On Tuesday 3rd May, thirty-three intrepid Year 4 children set off on an adventure, their first residential trip. Having not been able to complete the normal King’s Hawford offering due to the COVID pandemic, the children and parents were excited for their first taste of freedom.
On arriving at Broad Haven YHA, the children unloaded their bags and headed for the beach to explore and learn about their coastal surroundings. A delicious dinner was followed by a breath-taking walk along the coastal path, before returning to hostel for a much needed night’s sleep.
The second day was set aside for fieldwork in and around Broad Haven. The children took part in traffic and town surveys before heading to the beach to complete a rubbish survey. The highlight of the day came after lunch when low tide allowed the children to explore the many rock pools at the north end of Broad Haven’s beach. The children thoroughly enjoyed observing the marine wildlife and were delighted to find a number of creatures they had never seen before. The undoubted highlight was Henry W, Sam M and Luca M finding a starfish sheltering just below the water-line of a rock pool. The children also managed to share their rock-pooling adventures with their parents and Mrs Phillips through a Padlet link which was set up by Miss Lake and Mr Cook. The afternoon at the beach was completed with a joyous half an hour of splashing in the waves.
The third day saw the children switch from Geography to History, as they travelled to Castell Henllys to experience life in an Iron Age hill fort. The children made flour, learnt battle skills and helped build a wall using wattle and daub as well as learning about the importance of stories and storytelling to ancient civilisations. On returning to Broad Haven the group walked along the Broad Haven nature boardwalk, giving them experience of biodiversity on a slightly larger scale that our new garden.
The children were sad to set off at lunchtime on Friday, but it was brilliant to hear a number of them say that they wanted to return to this amazing stretch of coastline. Throughout the trip the children showed an impressive level of maturity, most certainly doing their school and parents proud. The last word should probably go to a family who were also staying the Youth Hostel at the same time; they commented in an email to Mrs Phillips that the children were extremely polite and friendly and a credit to you and their school.