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Braeside 2016

In January, forty Year 4 children departed Ann Edwards for a residential trip to Braeside Education Centre. Braeside is centrally located in rural Wiltshire on the northwest side of the market town of Devizes. The Braeside site itself covers approximately 4.5 acres and has a range of activities for both children and adults as well as lawns and gardens. They believe that education outside of the classroom is an essential part of learning and personal development for all young people whatever their age, ability or circumstances. The children stayed for 3 days and on those days were able to take part in some very exciting activities. They did some team building and problem solving and low ropes on the first day. The next morning everyone was up bright and early to enjoy a hearty breakfast and listen to what their tasks were. They visited the local market to buy their lunch which had to be healthy and not have many food miles. This challenge was difficult for some! In the afternoon, wellies on, they walked to a local farm where Farmer John informed them of the crops he grows and all the animals he has. Some children even got to milk a plastic (fully size) cow! In the evening Miss Law sang her traditional songs around the campfire. On the final day fire was the topic again when they all got to take part in survival training where wood was collected and fires were lit. Then the fun part as everyone got to sample the toasted marshmallows. On the bus trip home a few children were exhausted and slept all the way, as did some of the teachers!!