From Wednesday 3rd until Friday 5th May, a hugely excited Year 5 visited Heatree on residential linked to our work about rivers and the Bronze age. The year group split into two halves, Badgers and Foxes, completing the same activities but in the opposite order to each other. Badgers were led by Mr. Kimber, Mr. Lees and Mrs. Andrews, while Foxes were led by Mr. Harrison, Mrs. Lord and Miss. Smith.
On the Wednesday, Badgers completed a river study following the River Lemon from its mouth on the beach in Teignmouth to its boggy source next to Haytor. They observed the river, measuring the depth, width and flow at a number of points along the way, even enjoying lunch by the river at one stop! Foxes made their way straight to Heatree and completed a number of survival activities including; building their own shelters in the woods, constructing ovens made from willow and mud, to their highlight of the day lighting fires and roasting marshmallows in their fully-built ovens. The next day, after an early start and a filling breakfast, this saw foxes creating production lines in their cycle factories, mimicking the cycles of food and water for both animals and plants, using plastic balls, tubes, trolleys and even blindfolds at one point! Badgers went searching for aquatic life in a freshwater stream, finding a range of creatures ranging from the very small to a number of larger than expected dragonfly nymphs. That evening both groups were able to experience life in an authentic Bronze age roundhouse, reading stories that they had written the week before to one another around the fire, with some pupils dressed as they would have been in the Bronze age. On the Friday, before returning to school, Badgers participated in the survival activities at Heatree, while Foxes tracked the course of the River Lemon, although from the source to the mouth this time.
Overall the residential and the activities were thoroughly enjoyed by pupils and the staff that went and had a hugely positive impact on Year 5’s understanding on the Bronze age, with discussion as to everybody’s favourite activities continuing throughout the return journey to school. George stated that his favourite activity was the Water World, especially the shuffle in the stream to get all the creatures into the net. He also enjoyed learning the names for what he had found, especially liking the cased caddis fly larvae.