It has been a beautifully sunny day on the Isle of Wight. This morning, our day started with another full English breakfast. Do be aware that your children are now used to two courses for breakfast, please forgive us if they are demanding on Saturday morning! We drove from one side of the island to the other, to the western tip, site of the famous Needle rocks. We walked down to the beach, where we had a forty minute boat ride round the bay. They may have played sea-faring folk in their Year 6 play, but the swell in the Solent left several children clutching sick bags. Thankfully, no-one was sick, and we arrived back on land to have an early lunch on the beach – our third in three days.
After lunch, we walked back up to the Needles Park at Alum Bay, and the children chose who they wanted to go round with. They were allowed to go anywhere in the park, although they needed an adult to take them to the sweet shop. This was a journey we made several times, and saw the care with which children filled their £2.99 tubs of sweets. Many took the opportunity to buy presents, please forgive us if you are given some fish and chip flavoured rock! Before we left, we visited the glassworks, where we saw a vase being blown. Then it was back on the coach.
When we arrived at Westbrook, each class had a swim in turn, and an opportunity to play football or go on the low ropes. Then we had a supper of burgers, sausages and chicken, followed by an ice lolly, outside in the evening sun. After supper, we played the game in the woods again – which the children had been persistent in requesting all day.
Tomorrow, the day starts with the children demonstrating their packing skills before breakfast. After we have eaten, we will have a final room inspection before walking down to the beach. We will come back, have lunch and then start our journey back to New Malden. We have had a wonderful week, and have been encouraged by the many times members of the public have stopped us to praise the children’s behaviour.
They, and we, look forward to seeing you tomorrow!