Truleigh Hill 2022
The 2022 Year 3 Truleigh Hill Trip!
We arrived at a rainy Truleigh Hill following a scenic drive through the countryside. Children spotted sheep and cows on the way and were excited to see the sea too. They were equally excited to have a snack after we had worked together to unload all the luggage!
Next, we walked to a nearby field to admire a stunning view of Bramber and the South Downs. Here we looked at some landmarks and did some sketching of the landscape. After this we returned to the centre, explored the grounds and built some nature sculptures. A restaurant/café theme seemed to be popular, with sushi rolls made from leaves and sheep's wool, as well as a 'rest-tree-raunt' sculpture built onto a tree. By now the sun had come out and we were all warm and able to sit on dry grass.
Next we had lunch, sitting outside together in groups. Children were very sensible and polite, and had worked up an appetite following an exciting morning.
After lunch children went on a bug hunt, find all sorts of fantastic creatures. They all handled these respectfully and shared what they had found with great enthusiasm. Highlights were a rare wart-biter cricket, some colourful moths and an enormous toad (which children just observed without disturbing). We also saw rabbits hopping around and some curious birds investigating us. Children then created a piece of natural art on sticky tape that they will bring home with them. Their creativity in this task was amazing and there were a great range of responses!
We then came into the centre and took some time to settle into rooms, unpack and play for a while before dinner. Dinner was a noisy affair! However, children were all polite and ate their food before changing into their pyjamas.
They are currently finishing watching A Bug's Life now before bed! We've had an excellent day; children have been cheerful, respectful and enthusiastic and we are looking forward to our long walk tomorrow. :)
Another active day at Truleigh Hill! Today we saw the departure of the first group on their long walk and journey back to Pound Hill, while our second group arrived ready to get started with their own adventures.
On the way to Bramber, we walked down a steep Truleigh Hill with scenic views over the South Downs and out to sea. We saw lots of interesting birds, including some birds of prey hovering and hunting. We then walked along the River Adur to the village, taking in the sights and sounds of the waterway. Children were all consistently cheerful, enthusiastic and polite, greeting walkers with 'good morning' and 'good afternoon'. In the village we stopped for a crucial Calippo break and then continued on to the remains of the castle, where we discussed the history of the area and children played in the grounds before preparing to head home. Adults were all impressed by their excellent, positive attitudes and the children agreed that they'd had a great time on our school trip.
Back at the centre on Truleigh Hill, (after a snack break, of course) children took a short walk to a nearby field to enjoy the views, discuss what they could see and sketch a picture of the landscape. They stopped for some pictures and then headed back closer to the centre for some more activities.
We built natural art sculptures from things found in the environment, with some balancing on sticks popping up off the ground. Many of the sculptures were symmetrical patterns made using leaves, children starting off with a small idea and then working together to create more complex arrangements. During the day's bug hunt, we found spiders, crickets and even a beautiful dragonfly. We also saw tadpoles and froglets in the pond.
After lunch we created some more art, this time an independent piece that children will bring home with them. These were wonderfully colourful and, once again, varying greatly in their type. Children shared creative ideas and helped each other to find pieces that they needed. They were all rightly very proud of the things that they had made! After this we played some parachute games until it was time to go in, including the wildly popular 'shark attack!'.
Inside, children organised their rooms, played and worked in their work booklets until it was time for dinner. Many of the children commented on the delicious food and dinner was a lively time! After dinner, everybody prepared their rooms for bed and got changed. Currently we are watching a bit of A Bug's Life, just before we head to bed.
It has been another day full of fun, creativity and energetic activities and we are all very much looking forward to a walk through the countryside tomorrow.
Our first group have arrived home safe and sound and we look forward to getting together again on Monday to discuss the things that we've done.
Our final day at Truleigh Hill!
We woke up earlier than our first group but mostly managed to stay quiet and sensible in the rooms until it was time to organise for breakfast. Children enjoyed their room time and played games that they had brought along with them. We ate a full and hearty breakfast, with cereal, crossaints and a cooked option too with bacon, eggs, sausages and beans. After filling up we headed back to the rooms to pack away and head outside to play while we waited for our coach.
After loading the coach we headed to the start of the walk and, after a few nervous moments when a dark cloud released a few specks of rain, enjoyed a warm and sunny day in the countryside. We walked from Truleigh Hill to Upper Beeding, down a steep stony path and then along a beautiful river walk to the village. Along the walk we stopped for snacks and looked out for interesting plants and animals. We were lucky today to see two groups of swans on the river! Children we cheerful and polite, greeting walkers with 'good morning' and keeping up great spirits through the walk.
After stopping in the village for an important Calippo break, we headed for the ruins of Bramber Castle. Children had lots of great questions about the history of the castle and the area, and we explored around the grounds, looking at the views through breaks in the old castle walls. We were able to see the start of our walk too, far away in the distance! We also scrabbled up the steep path of the motte to see what this important area looked like.
We ate lunch in the grounds and then waited for the coach to return us to school. Children were remarkably resilient on a long walk, polite and helpful with each other and with adults, and creative and interesting in their questions and conversations.
We have really enjoyed our trip! Have a great weekend everyone and we will look forward to discussing what we have done further on Monday.