Full Blog Post – Year 4 – School Journey – Windmill Hill Farm

Wednesday 2nd May – Friday 4th May 2018

We all arrived safely at Windmill Hill Farm.

While you are looking through all the photographs of the exciting visit, why not take this opportunity to help develop your child’s confidence with speaking and explaining ?  Encourage them to talk you through each of the activities and ask them questions such as:

  • What were each of the games called? Can you explain the rules?
  • What were the names of the tunnels? Why were they called those names? What animals did you see while you were away?
  • How do you build a raft? Can you remember each step? What was inside each of the barrels? How did that help keep the raft afloat? Where you successful? How do you know? What if one more person joined? What do you think would happen?
  • How did you work as a team to work the giant swing? How high did you go? What did it feel like? How did you feel before/during/after the swing?
  • Can you talk me through and show me how to shoot and aim a bow and arrow? What special steps do I need to remember? Why?
  • What did you find the hardest? Why?
  • How did you overcome your fears? What helped you?
  • What was your most enjoyable experience? Why?

Day One

We were introduced to our host leader, Tom, who organised for us to play lots of fun games in the Sports Hall.

When you click on the link below you will see photographs of the games we played, the Tunnel Trail activity, our accommodation and the Campfire at the end of the day.

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Day Two

Day two was full of activity!

We worked together collaboratively to build a raft and then tried it out. How do you think we did? We needed to have good team building skills for that! Some of us overcame our fear of heights and took a leap of faith off the trapeze platform. We helped each other to conquer the challenge course and swung from the sky (or it felt like it) on the giant swing. Some children really believed they could fly !

Check out the photographs here:

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Day Three

On the last day of our adventure we all had the opportunity to abseil down a very high tower. We used a bow and arrow to learn all about archery! We were really good at motivating each other by making positive comments and cheering.

Who can you spot being very brave?

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We all had such an amazing time!

Year 4! Yeah!






Update 2 – Year 4 Windmill Hill Farm School Journey

Good morning !

We’ve started the day playing a game called ‘Sharks’ in the sports hall!


We have been split into four groups and each group had a go at the giant swing, the trapeze, the challenge course and raft building.

In the evening we played capture the flag.

Today (Friday) we are having a go at Archery and Abseiling.

Quick game of Splat before lunch!

Then we’ll have lunch. After lunch we will board the coach and wave goodbye to Windmill Hill Farm.

(Sorry about the sideways photos – We’ll fix this when we return!)

Please note: Due to no WiFi signal where we have been staying at night we haven’t been able to upload all photos. We will when we return and add them to the blog post.





Update 1 – Year 4 Windmill Hill Farm School Journey

  • We arrived safely.

Tom is our host and he showed us around then we had our lunch. After lunch group 3 and 4 went to the tunnels. Groups 1 and 2 played wacky games and wacky races inside. Then we swapped over. We all got very muddy and very wet at the tunnels!

We were then showed to our rooms, unpacked and changed. We had our dinner and now we are singing songs around the camp fire.

We are having so much fun !

Horton Kirby – Minibeast Explorers!

Today we visited Horton Kirby and we were all fantastic minibeast explorers!

First we had to get on a coach and travel a long way to Horton Kirby. We knew we were nearly there when we spotted the viaduct. We all chanted and cheered!

Mini beasts don’t like the cold so were hiding away but we were very good detectives and found lots and lots of them! We had to look under logs, under leaves, in the grass and dig deep down in the mud!

We collected lots and lots of different mini beasts and put them in a big pot. Then we tried to name them all. After that we chose our favourite one, looked at it very closely through the magnifying glass and drew a picture of it.

  • What was your mini beast called?
  • How many legs did it have?
  • Did it have eyes? How many?
  • Can it fly? How do you know? How many wings did it have?
  • Where does your minibeast live?
  • What does it like to eat?

We had our lunch in the classroom and then had a little play. It was very cold today!

After lunch we went on a little walk around the garden to learn about bees, grasshoppers and herb plants. What did the herbs smell like? We moved around the big field and pretended we were different types of mini beasts. Our mums and dads had to join in too!

Then we collected sticks, twigs and leaves ready for our next activity. We chose our favourite mini beast and had a go making it out of clay. We used the sticks, twigs and leaves for arms, antennae and other mini beast body parts!

At the end of the day we all got on the coach and waved goodbye to Horton Kirby.

What an exciting day that was!

Have a look at all the photos from our day.

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