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Year 3 visit Dungeness.

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During the Spring term, Year 3 studied Extreme Climates in their Geography lessons. As a conclusion to this topic, they went on a day out to Britain’s largest desert; Dungeness.

On the 2nd May an excited rabble of Year 3 and their teachers headed for New Romney for the first activity of the day. At New Romney train station, the children boarded the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch miniature steam train, amidst a buzz of excitement and anticipation. Thirty minutes down the line, we pulled into our pebbled destination that is Dungeness, with the nuclear power station looming in the background. After a brief snack and drinks break we made for the shingle desert. The children were split into 3 groups and rotated between 3 varied activities led by Mrs Tapper, Miss Hill and Miss Lee. Inspired by the site-specific environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, Miss Hill and the children designed art installations sensitive to the environment they were in. Mrs Tapper led a map based activity, encouraging the children to locate their compass position and this led onto other direction based activities. Miss Lee led a nature scavenger hunt, encouraging the children to use their observation skills and spot early wild flowers, insects and birds special to this specific environment. After a morning exploring this lunar like scape, we were all that bit wiser to this unique environment. A successful trip all round. We look forward to returning next year. Thank you to all who supported the trip.


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