Year 3 and 4 arrived at Leeson House in Swanage yesterday; the children unpacked and made themselves at home in the lovely old manor house, before starting an afternoon of activities including orienteering in the large, wooded grounds of the estate, bird-watching and nature study.
The children finished making their beds (with some adult intervention!), before enjoying a delicious meal in the oak paneled splendor of the the Leeson House dining room.
After a quick change into wellies (which they certainly needed), it was off for an evening walk down to the coast. We were entertained with tales of smugglers and wartime heroism, whilst a sea mist rolled in off the coast. Back to Lesson House for hot chocolate, biscuits and bed.
On Tuesday, the children had an incredible time at Kimmeridge Bay, fishing in rockpools, catching crabs and other marine animals and discovering some amazing fossils. They also visited the stunning Lulworth Cove. Returning back to Leeson House; the more adventurous rockpoolers went to change into dry clothing, and everyone enjoyed another delicious meal in the dining room. (Pizza seemed to be a popular choice from the cook).
The evening was spent becoming geologists, learning about the different types of rock, how they are formed and looking at some incredible fossils. The children looked very tired by this point, so it was hot chocolate, cookies and bed.