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A Trip to Portsmouth

On Wednesday 13th June, Miss Pirie, Mrs Robertson and Mr Hobbs took 14 children on an over-night adventure to Sussex. After leaving the school on Wednesday, they drove to the Weald and Down Living Museum near Chichester where, in the beautiful sunshine, the children got to go back in time to experience what it would have been like to live in Britain in the past. They learnt what families in the Tudor times would have eaten and what a long and hard process it was to grow, gather or harvest much of the food. Together, the group had the opportunity to make their own bread and most decided that it was delicious! After their workshop, they spent time exploring the rest of the museum, finding out about the watermill that was used to grind the wheat into flour (the same flour they used to make the bread), discovering what ‘en suite’ bathrooms in the past would have included and feeding the museum’s ducks!


At the end of a fun-filled day, the group made their way to Littlehampton where they were staying the night. The children finished off the day with a trip to the local beach where they had fun running around in the sand.

On Thursday, everyone was up bright and early to head off to Portsmouth. Although the morning was wet and windy, the children (and particularly Mrs Robertson!) were excited for their visit to the Mary Rose. The children spent all morning finding out about the Mary Rose and exploring the fascinating artefacts that were salvaged from in and around the ship. After lunch, they then carried out a ‘gun drill’ workshop where, in teams, they had the chance to experience what it would have been like for the men working the cannons.

After a final exploration of the top-deck of the Mary Rose, they then set off on the journey home to Herne Bay with experiences and memories that will hopefully last with them forever!