We would like to say first and foremost how proud we were of all of the children on our first Year 2 school trip to Leeds Castle on Friday 12th January. We were extremely lucky with the weather and the children behaved beautifully and represented Joydens Wood Infants extremely well demonstrating all of our school values.

The children loved walking around the castle and learning about Lady Bailey and all of the other owners of Leeds Castle. A couple of lucky children were even invited to cross the security rope to see what was behind a secret door in the wall (a bathroom!) We had a lovely picnic lunch courtesy of Mrs Quinn and then the children had some free time to play in the amazing adventure playground where they had loads of fun!

Back in the real world, following up from our trip, we have created story maps based on our day, followed by detailed recounts of the trip. We have had some absolutely fabulous writing. We have been tackling time in Maths, learning how to tell the time to 5 minute intervals! This is quite a tricky concept to grasp but the children have worked so hard to understand the difference between times past the hour and times to the hour – please practise this at home!

In Science the children have been investigating different materials, making predictions about which materials would be best to build a castle. They will test their predictions by building their own castles and deciding whether their material choice was the most appropriate.

Their next step question was to decide whether Tom was right to make an umbrella out of cardboard. Do you agree? Discuss some ideas with your children why this may or may not be such a good idea!

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  • Debbie crawford says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to accompany the children to Leeds castle, as a parent I would like to say how well behaved the children were and how well organised the trip was. It was a pleasure to help

    • Miss Hately says:

      Thank you Mrs Crawford for your kind words. We are delighted that you (and the children) enjoyed the trip so much. We are very lucky to have such wonderful role models in our school, the children always do us all proud and represent the school with such maturity.

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