Year 5 pupils had a fantastic time during their Heatree Residential on Dartmoor on the 8th to the 10th of May. They visited the Heatree activity centre to learn about life in the Bronze Age, lifecycles of animals and to observe the journey of the River Lemon from its source on Dartmoor to where it meets the sea in Teignmouth.
Year 5 set off from school early on Wednesday morning, half straight to Heatree on Dartmoor where they would become Bronze Age people for the day – exploring how they cooked on open fires and ground flour, how they used clay to make pots and bottle and how they started fires for warmth and cooking. The other half went straight to Teignmouth to find the mouth of the River Teign and stood on the beach at Teignmouth to begin their journey. They followed the river all the way from the mouth to the source, stopping along the way at a Confluence where the River Lemon meets the River Teign, again at a beautiful River Beach to have lunch and then finally all the way to Haytor where it begins at the source.
In the evenings we had some fantastic games of football out on the field at Heatree and the pupils loved playing in the sunshine until dinner, which was delicious and much deserved each night after being busy all day, and after dinner for a run around before bedtime.
On Thursday every pupil spent the day at Heatree taking part in pond dipping to classify animal live in streams and look at their lifecycles and also considering the oxygen and water cycles happening all over the world and how pollution can enter and disrupt these cycles to nature’s detriment.
Our final day saw the groups switch activities from the Wednesday, before returning to school after a fantastic three days exhausted.