Category: Visit

  1. A day at the zoo

    We couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day for our trip to the zoo. The sun was shining and there was hardly a cloud in the sky, as we slathered on the sun cream and excitedly boarded the coach for Whipsnade Zoo.

    We split into two groups, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and made our way round the zoo, guided by our children’s interests. Our favourites included lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes,chimps and hippos, who were all out to greet us (other than the tiger who hid from KS1), despite the heat. We also go to see the brand new elephant house, recently opened by the Queen. The sunny weather meant we were able to have a lovely picnic in the shade of a tree, watching the steam train.

    We couldn’t spend too much time on lunch though as we wanted to see as many animals as possible! As well as seeing most of the animals outside, both groups also had the opportunity to take part in a private workshop, continuing the work we have been doing on endangered species. Here, the children became ‘scientists’ and were shown lots of evidence of different animals. From these clues they had to work out the animal and the reason it may have become endangered. The children really enjoyed the activity and because they worked so hard they were rewarded with a treat – stroking a royal python! Almost all the children (and staff!) were brave enough to have a little touch and everyone was surprised at how warm and smooth the snake felt.

    By the end of the day everybody was exhausted but in agreement it had been a thoroughly good trip. Highlights of the day for KS1 included unexpectedly seeing baby crocodiles in a pool in the butterfly house, and the giant hippo opening its mouth and doing a huge yawn right in front of us so we got to see its enormous teeth. KS2 were triumphant about managing to spot the tiger and their other best bit was seeing the elephants playing together and even squirting water.

     

  2. Visit to the Hindu Mandir

    On the 22nd February Year 1- 6 went to visit a local Hindu Mandir in Dunstable. We observed a welcoming service and had a talk about the basic beliefs and practices of Hinduism, which we have been studying this term in RE. They were most welcoming and the children enjoyed finding out about the religion.

  3. Spanning generations

    Last week we had the great pleasure of spending some time with the over 75 group in Dunstable. The joint task of making sugar paste roses spanned the generations and prompted conversation and laughter from young and old. Although they learnt how to make some beautiful flowers, the important lesson they took home was how interesting and eye opening it can be to spend time with people they may not usually connect with, and how much value they could add to each other’s lives.

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  4. Autumn Hunt

    The weather may not have been kind to us but we weren’t going to let a little bit of rain ruin Friday’s Autumn hunt. Prepared for every eventuality, the whole school donned wellies, woolies and waterproofs and our eager group of nature seekers headed for the Blows Downs.

    Each child had their own tick list of plants and animals they had to try and spot on our walk and a treasure bag to fill with natural goodies we found on our way. The children had a lovely time exploring footpaths and hedgerows and bags were soon bursting with brightly coloured leaves, shiny conkers, seed pods, rose hips, feathers, crab apples and lots more. We also found things that we couldn’t put in our bags, including various wild berries, fungi and a giant animal hole that sparked imagination.

    Everyone ended up a little soggy, but the bonus of rain – lots of puddles to splash around in! And best of all…starving after so much exploring…we arrived back just in time for lunch!

  5. Walking with Dinosaurs

    Spider Crab Whale to scale

    St George’s School hit the capital this week in one of our biggest school trips to date. Amid cries of ‘are we there yet?’ (and that was just the staff) we battled heavy London traffic, and eventually arrived at the Natural History Museum for a date with dinosaurs.

    We split into a Key stage 2 group and an upper and lower Key stage 1 group and went our separate ways to explore, being guided by the children’s interests. First on most lists was the dinosaur exhibition. A life-size animatronic T-Rex complete with lashing tail, gnashing jaws and a terrifying roar was the highlight of the exhibit. Other favourites included the moving baby dinosaur, the giant diplodocus skeleton and the hatching dinosaur eggs.

    Between all the groups we covered the Dinosaurs, Mammals, Creepy Crawlies and the Earth exhibitions. We all enjoyed seeing the enormous blue whale, alongside elephants, lions, tigers and bears. Key Stage 2 went on an exciting journey to the centre of the Earth and even experienced an earthquake in an earthquake simulator. Key Stage 1 discovered the Wildlife Garden, a hidden, leafy oasis away from the hustle and bustle, and searched for bugs and birds, even managing to spot a moorhen and her chick in the pond.

    There was just time for a picnic lunch before we had to board the coach for the long journey back to school. Everyone behaved very well and had an educational and exciting day, topped off by England winning the football as we travelled home!

    Below are some drawings by members of Year One, of their favourite dinosaurs.

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  6. Meeting Carl, the Guide Dog

    Meeting Carl, the guide dog

    It isn’t every day that animals are allowed into School but an exception was made for a very special four-legged visitor, gentle-giant, Carl the guide dog, who came to see us with his owner, Anne.

    Anne explained to the children what it is like to be blind and some of the challenges she faces on a day to day basis. She spoke above how Golden retriever X Labrador, Carl, helps her live a normal life, leading her safely across the road and taking her to places she needs to go as well as being her closest companion. She told us about the valuable work of Guide Dogs UK and how she came to be paired with her beloved Carl. Anne showed us Carl’s harness and demonstrated that when the handle is up it means he is working and needs to concentrate and when it is down he can be approached. She explained the way Carl has been trained and gave the children some tips on how to behave around guide dogs and how best to offer support to a blind person if they ask for help.

    The children had a lot of questions for Anne and she was more than happy to answer them, Carl lying placidly at her feet the whole time, conserving his energy, as trained. We learned that Carl has never tasted meat to discourage him from begging in restaurants, that he can toilet on command, that it costs £56,000 from birth to retirement to train and maintain a guide dog and that there are only ever 5000 working guide dogs in the country at one time.

    Everyone was fascinated to hear about Anne and Carl’s heart-warming friendship and just to top the morning off the children were invited to come and enjoy some Carl cuddles. We don’t know who was more thrilled, them, or Carl!

  7. Picasso joins St George’s

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    As Pablo Picasso once said, ‘Every child is an artist’ and the children of St George’s School certainly proved that to be true when the great man himself turned up to give a masterclass.

    Paul Priestley, artist and impersonator, delighted both pupils and staff when he arrived, beret on, paintbrush in hand and introduced himself, in Spanish, as Pablo Picasso. A fascinating morning was spent learning about Picasso’s childhood, his life and his many loves. We were given an insight into the art he created, from the first piece he sold at just seven years old, to the final famous self-portrait painted a year before his death, aged 91. The children learned to ‘read shapes’ and explored the things they could see in his more abstract modern works.

    Later our budding artists were taught how to draw faces, Picasso-style, observing them from different angles and piecing them together to create their own pictures. Rubbers were off-limits and the children learned that there are no such things as mistakes in Art. Once they had sketched their face they were let loose on the paint. They were challenged to copy their design straight onto A3 paper using only a paintbrush and then paint it with similar colours on the colour wheel, plus one opposite colour as an accent.

    All the children had a lovely, creative day and produced paintings Picasso would have been proud of.

  8. Forest Centre Expedition

    An excited band of explorers from St George’s School descended upon The Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine on Thursday armed with backpacks and binoculars, ready for an outdoor adventure. The children were split into 3 groups – Lower Key Stage 1, Upper Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with each team taking a different route around the lake before meeting up again for a picnic lunch.

    During our trek, we encountered a huge variety of wildlife including baby rabbits, ducks, Canada geese, moorhens, a dragonfly, a robin (who accompanied Key Stage 1 on their walk) and even a water vole, as well as horses and a friendly dog who attempted to board the coach home with us! Key Stage 1 had a great time following animal tracks, discovering a secret island and spotting a range of burrows and other habitats while Key Stage 2 enjoyed some bird watching, up in the trees in a series of hides. By the end of the trail our adventurers were all starving and lunch was quickly devoured sitting outside, overlooking the pond.

    The children behaved brilliantly throughout and it was decided that a trip to the playground before home-time was well deserved. After lots of climbing, swinging and sliding and one final tour of the wetlands area it was finally time to return to school, muddy, tired but very happy.

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  9. The Storyteller

    As part of the enrichment activities in this year’s literacy week, musician and storyteller Richard York visited the school to captivate us with some traditional tales. The stories he tells have entertained for centuries, changing little by little throughout their journeys across the world and generations. His storytelling was interspersed with musical interludes, introducing the children to this historical pairing with traditional instruments.

    The children heard lots of stories with morals and lessons, although the children were encouraged to interpret the meaning and morals individually. They were also thrilled by some more light hearted and silly stories. A particular favourite was ‘The day the man watched the house’- the story of a farmer who couldn’t understand what his wife did all day, until one day she offered to swap jobs. The farmer’s wife went out and harvested hay while the farmer watched the house and the baby. It didn’t take long before the farmer realised that looking after a house and a baby was not at all easy after all! In fact, by the time the wife returned there was a cow on the roof, a pig in the kitchen, the baby covered in cream on the floor, ale flooding the basement and, as for her husband…he was upside down with his head stuck in a huge cooking pot! 

  10. Animal Ark

    Shetland pony and children 

    On Tuesday 9th February as part of Science week we had a visit from Animal Ark the mobile farm “Where the animals come to you.” All the children from the Nursery to Year 6 were excited to see a playground full of animals. There was a wide variety of animals to see from goats, sheep and ducks to chickens, a Shetland pony and a dog. We were also lucky enough to have some piglets. It was their first time away from the farm so the children had to be especially quiet around them.

    After the initial safety talk they were introduced to each animal given information about them and encouraged to ask questions. We were then able to get into the pens with the animals giving a real opportunity to see each one up close. They were keen to touch the animals and feel the differences between feathers, fur, wool and hair. The sheep and the Shetland pony were real favourites.

    The ducks enjoyed escaping from the pens and spent much of their time running around the playground and making a lot of noise which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

    We were told that the dog did live on the farm although he was not a farm dog however he was extremely popular with the children and the staff due to his very friendly nature.

    The children have been learning about animals during their Science lessons and this was an opportunity for them to gain a greater understanding. By the end of the morning they had all increased their knowledge further and had a truly memorable experience.