Year 5 were very excited to be heading off to Malvern on a geographical adventure this week. After dropping the minibus off at the Girl Guides campsite at Blackmore, Year 5 eagerly headed to the H2O café near the Wyche Cutting. Upon arrival, experienced local expert, Adrian was all set up to share his expertise on the timeline of natural history. The enthusiastic cohort were fascinated to learn how the Malvern Hills were formed and why you can often find fossils there. After a plethora of questions, the children headed up Perseverance Hill. Making a tally of who they spotted as they went, the children acquired a clear idea of the type of person who frequented the area. They also engaged with a number of other geographical activities including orientating the map to face north, looking for physical features in the landscape before locating them on the map, utilising four figure grid references, sketching and finding out whether the vegetation changes from one side of the footpath to the other. Their geographical knowledge and skills were most certainly put to the test.
When returning to the campsite, the children unloaded the bus and worked in teams to put up the tents. They then had to cook their own food using a Trangia as well as washing-up (a new experience for some of them!). Once cleared away, everyone headed up to British Camp for a night time walk. It was incredibly blowy, but the children didn’t mind one bit.
After a good night’s sleep, we all enjoyed a hearty breakfast before packing the tents away, clearing up and loading the van. The group then headed to Upton-upon-Severn, where they explored the town’s tourist features and completed two traffic surveys in different locations. Afterwards everyone enjoyed a really interesting talk from Mr and Mrs Williams, who work for the Environment Agency, about the flood defences. They showed us how the gates shut to prevent the town being flooded as well as the things that had been put in place to avoid any future major floods.
Everyone was ready for lunch, which they enjoyed at The Pepperpot (an old church tower). The pupils then concluded their trip by sketching the famous feature before heading back to the buses and home. They all displayed exemplary behave throughout, for which we are extremely proud of them.