Dunholme St Chad's Church Of England Primary School

Enrichment Activities

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For emergencies during school hours, please contact the school, who will contact Mr Parkin.

 Aylmerton / Patteson Lodge 2017 - 30th October - 3rd November

Day 1 - Monday 30th October 2017

We arrived safely and in good time at about lunch time. After lunch, we settled into our rooms and we were given a grand tour of our home for the next week. We then spent the afternoon taking part in different team building activities such as the spider's web, the acid river and defuse the bomb. Tonight, we went for a walk in the woods in the dark to visit and old, abandoned church where we listened to stories before returning to the centre for a camp fire and hot chocolate. Some of us are not looking very tired yet!

Day 2 - Tuesday 31st October 2017

 After a good night's sleep, we awoke early today to a good hearty breakfast. We then layered up and made our way to Blakeney Point. First, we had to remove our shoes and socks and walk bare foot through the mudflats to cross the River Glaven to make our way out to the spit. It was very cold but great fun walking in the mud. We saw many animals native to the area and learned how they lived and survived.  After lunching on the shingle beach in the sun, we made our way along the spit, learning about transportation and deposition and how the spit is created. We were also very excited to see the seals. To end the day ,we walked over the sand dunes and then boarded a ferry where we went out to sea to get a closer look at the seals who come to Blakeney to 'pup'. We even had time to do a spot of reading! Tonight we have had a Halloween themed tea and are going to be listening to a storyteller after a well-earned shower. 

Day 3 - Wednesday 1st November 2017

Many of us had to be woken up this morning! After breakfast today, we headed to the beaches at Happisburgh and Sea Palling to compare and contrast coastal erosion as well as look at how we are trying to protect our coastlines.  We learned so much and had great fun. This afternoon, we went to Bacton Woods to complete our Monster Trail. It was great to see the children using their map skills and a compass to make sure we got back in time without getting lost. It was a shame that many of us got caught by the dreaded monsters. Tonight, we have been to Splash and had a great evening swimming. Many of us have asked for an early night (mainly the teachers). 

Day 4 - Thursday 2nd November 2017

Today we had a little well-earned lie in. This morning we went to West Runton to learn about how the cliffs were formed and also to look at adaptation in the rock pools. We had great fun finding new creatures and learning about how they manage to survive in these conditions. This afternoon, we made our way to Aylmerton Field Centre for our pirate afternoon. We had so much fun dressing up as pirates and completing four different team challenges to complete our pirate training. This evening we are dancing the night away at our disco. 


Please pack with your child so he/she knows what is in his/her case. Please include a plastic bag that can be placed inside the day-bag to keep items inside dry. Also, ensure a bag for dirty clothing is included to make sorting the washing easier when your child returns home.


What time should my child arrive at school on Monday?

8:30. Luggage should be taken to the hall and any medicines and completed forms handed to Mrs Gresham in the hub. It is particularly helpful to place travel tablets in a separate envelope, with your child's name clearly marked, for the return journey, with the time

Does my child need to take any food?

Absolutely not! We are given generous 3-course meals so additional food is not required and is strictly not allowed in dormitories as it attracts unwanted visitors when the windows are open during the day.

However, your child will need a packed lunch and drink for the first day only.

Can my child take electronic devices on the visit?

Any electronic devices (excluding mobiles) may be taken for the journey. They are brought, with parents permission and the owner's risk. They are to be handed in on arrival at the Centre. Please name all devices.

Why are mobiles not allowed?

Several reasons - risk of getting lost or damage; there is little or no signal; it can cause anxiety, if parents are unavailable; it can stir feelings of homesickness.

My child has special dietary requirements, will he/she be able to eat the food?

The cooks are very experienced chefs, who always cater for children with special dietary requirements. Nothing is too much trouble for them and the catering staff and as long as we have been informed, the information has been passed on to the Centre. Named meals for those children with particular requirements will be handed out first to ensure your child receives the appropriate meals.

Where will my child be sleeping?

The children have chosen who they would like to be with and have been placed into dormitories. The boys are in two dorms of 8 and 9 and the girls are in two dormitories of a 4 and 9.  There is a prize for the tidiest dorm of the week!

Do I need an alarm clock or hair dryer?

Clearly, a little communication between occupants of each dormitory is useful here to avoid 13 alarm clocks going off one after the other! We expect children to sort out such items, which will also reduce packing. If you are happy to share a hair dryer between a few of your friends, this helps reduce clutter where there is limited space.

What if I go to sleep earlier or later than my friends?

We expect everyone to respect a range of bedtimes. Reduced sleep is no fun for anyone, if tiredness spoils the following day. If you wish to go to sleep some time after 'lights out' then bring a reading book or puzzle book (remember extra batteries for your torch).

How will I keep up-to-date with my child's activities in Aylmerton / Patteson?

Please keep the itinerary safe so you can follow where your child is. If wireless connection is kind, we will do our best to send back photos to school to publish on this page, with short updates.

What are the arrangements for collection?

We are aiming to return to Dunholme by 4:00-4.30pm on Friday (traffic permitting). School will be notified of any delays en-route and a notice posted outside school. Please ensure you take your child's main case/bag, day bag, wellies and collect any un-used medication from Mr Parkin. Any un-claimed property will be displayed; please check.

My child has packed an item that doesn't belong to him/her!

In this case, we would ask you to return it to school on Monday so we can trace the owner. 

OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS:  Please pay any outstanding balance to the office. Cheques should be made payable to 'Lincolnshire County Council'. If you need to discuss your situation regarding payment, please make an appointment to see Mrs Ruff. Thank you.

Check out the Aylmerton Website:

Please check out the Field Study Centre's website for information. There is a section for parents, to help answer any questions you may have:  http://www.afsc.co.uk/ 

Of course, you are welcome to pop in and see Mr Parkin with any questions.


Itinerary - 30th - 3rd October 2017

Suggested Clothing: Due to the number of layers required, we suggest you keep any suitable clothing that may be slightly outgrown!

A copy of the suggested clothing/kit list is given below: