Isle of Wight daily blogs
Thursday morning was perhaps even warmer than the day before. We set off after breakfast to Blackgang Chine.
Our good luck continued as, when we arrived at the park, there were barely any other people there. We had a go on the roller coaster and then on some large water slides which were great fun!
We spent the rest of the day exploring the theme park. We found our wayout of a maze; visited the restricted (dinosaur!) zone; wondered through Cowboy Town and Fairyland; and had fun in the hall of mirrors.
Here are some thoughts on today:
AW - "I really enjoyed the roller because it was so fast."
RB - "The rides were really exciting and fun. I am glad we got to do them over and over again!"
LJ - "I love going on roller coasters because they are so fast!"
It was another exciting and exhausting day and we are now settling down to write diaries before dinner. The tonight, we have a disco to look forward to!
Tomorrow we set off early to come home and while we are sad to leave the Isle of Wight, we are looking forward to seeing our friends and families!
See you all tomorrow!
Wednesday began with blue skies and the sun shining brightly. We were up early ready for our tree climbing adventure – an activity everyone was looking forward to!
Upon arriving in Ryde, we made our way towards a three hundred year old oak tree that was over fifteen metres tall! We split up into four groups and each group had a go at climbing the giant tree. As with the previous day, the children’s attitude towards the activity was superb. Every single child attempted the climb with many showing fantastic resilience and bravery despite feeling a little scared at the start. In addition to this, the children all supported and cheered their friends on which was great to see!
Here are some of our thoughts on the tree climbing experience:
EE - “I thought it was really interesting to learn a new skill and find out how to get myself up a giant tree.”
JO – “Tree climbing was good because I love heights and I enjoy climbing trees in my free time!”
TB – “I thought it was really fun even though I was a little bit scared. When I got to the top I felt very successful. I would definitely do it again!”
FN – “The tree climbing was fun when you were high up and could see the sea.”
After a well-deserved lunch, we had some fun chasing some gigantic bubbles courtesy of our driver – Dan (see photos!). Then, as it was such a beautiful day, we decided to spend the afternoon on the beach. Mr Hunt did a fantastic job of ordering 44 ice creams which included some odd choices of flavour such as bubblegum marshmallow! We then had fun on the beach, looked for fish and crabs in the water and even had a few minutes to sunbathe before heading back to the hotel - just in time for dinner.
Because the day was so exhausting, we had a quiet evening recording our thoughts in our diaries and preparing ourselves for tomorrow’s visit to the theme park Blackgang Chine.
Day two began with a quick breakfast before visiting St Mildred's Church for a fascinating talk about its history.
From there, we went on to Osbourne House. We all took a tour of the amazing building and learnt a little more about how Victoria and Albert lived. During the tour, we received a number of compliments about how well the children behaved and how interested they were in the history of the house ; they did the school proud!
Following a quick lunch, we spent some time and energy in the park before looking around the Swiss Cottage where their children used to play. We also visited the museum which had a range of interesting items that had been collected. Making up for yesterday's four legged starfish, we saw a 9 legged spider and a five legged deer as well as the world's smallest pair of scissors!
Finally, after dinner it was time for the highlight of the day : Walzing Walters - a spectacular light and water show.
We finished an exhausting day with a game of rounders in the park.
Here are some quotes from today :
LJ - "Walzing Waters was amazing!"
OM - " I enjoyed seeing the Swiss Cottage the most."
BCW - "I liked the museum because it was strange seeing the 5 legged deer and 9 legged spider!"
Mr Hunt - "Waltzing Waters was better than I could have hoped for!"
Tomorrow, Goodleaf Tree Climbing.
We had an excellent start to our trip – the weather was fantastic and we set off on time!
After an uneventful journey, we arrived in sunny Portsmouth. Our first visit was to the aquarium, where we saw a range of amazing sea life and had the opportunity to touch some weird and wonderful creatures that included a huge spider crab and a starfish that was missing a leg!
Once we had eaten lunch, we rode the ferry across to the Isle of White where we got some fantastic views of Portsmouth and the island. We unloaded our mountains of luggage into our rooms and ate, before settling down to write our diaries for the day. Here are some of our thoughts:
LM - “I really liked the Blue Reef Aquarium. I touched a spider crab, a shaw crab and a star fish!”
YM - “I liked the journey on the ferry as it was my first time on a ferry and the views were really pretty and the sea was shiny!”
TB – “ I enjoyed the food and the servings!”
We are up early tomorrow for an exciting day at Osbourne House, St Mildred’s Church and the famous Waltzing Waters!