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Northborough Primary School

The Adventures Of Stibbington

Year 4 have recently returned from their three day residential adventure based at the Cambridge Environmental Education Services (CEES), Stibbington.

What an amazing adventure!  Three whole days of foraging in the forest, excavating the quarry and pond dipping captured the imagination of the whole of Year 4, Mr Hussey, Mrs Gray and Mrs Knott.

After bidding parents a fond farewell on Wednesday morning we reached the centre with perhaps a little trepidation.  We were soon made to feel welcome by the Stibbington staff, who began a series of familiarisation activities encouraging us to explore our new home inside and out. The raising of the Stibbington flag heralded the start of a great adventure.

Wednesday afternoon took us in to the depths of Sulehay forest, where we explored different habitats, got 'up-close-and-personal,' with a variety of mini-beasts and constructed hedgehog homes amongst other things.  Later that evening we used the multitude of colours and shades as a stimulus for some artwork; constructing a water-colour landscape.

Thursday brought more fun and intrigue.  We enjoyed examining a variety of rocks and soils using a range of microscopes and scientific equipment, and had an opportunity to reflect on the wider impact of our lifestyles on the environment.  A trip to the quarry later in the afternoon enabled us to find some pre-historic remains, and even sniff a little dinosaur poo!

Thursday evening provided an opportunity for us to reflect on our experiences, and we enjoyed a little meditation and yoga led by Mrs Gray.  Friday arrived all too soon, and we spent the morning in the picturesque setting of Stibbington's private nature reserve.  Whilst pond dipping, Cian was excited to realise he was the first ever pupil to have actually caught a fish - another Northborough first!  Before long it was time to pack our cases and wave a fond farewell to what had been a truely memorable experience.  The children were interested, interesting and enagaging and, as usual, their behaviour was exemplary (commented upon by the Stibbington staff).  Here's to the Year 5 residential adventure!