There was great excitement on Monday, when year 1 pupils arrived at school with suitcases and wellies instead of book bags and school uniform – the annual residential trip to Rand Farm Park was about to begin!

A crowd of mums and dads waved the children off at the school gate, and finally they were off! The pupils were already looking forward to all the activities they would be doing on the farm as well as staying overnight with all their friends.

After a short bus journey, the first job was to take suitcases to their rooms and to find out who would be on top bunks or bottom bunk beds. All the beds were already made up and the rooms looked cosy and homely. Once teddies had been safely left to guard the pyjamas it was time to explore and get busy.

Throughout the first day the children never stopped smiling and asking questions. The children had to help feed all the animals before finally stopping for lunch and then it was more jobs to look after the chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits. They learnt about bees, tasting delicious honey and even making their own candles from beeswax. After a 3 course evening meal and a little bit of ice cream tasting it was time to have the play area to ourselves before getting ready for bed.

Day 2 began bright and early. The children had to strip their own beds and pack their bags before heading out to milk the cows, clean out and feed the animals again – only once they had been cared for would it be breakfast time for everyone else.

Then it was time to get some seeds planted and complete jobs in the poly tunnel so that the weeds wouldn’t stop the vegetables from growing healthily…. and what better way to use carrots than to bake our own carrots cakes in the Rand Farm kitchen.

Archery lessons and a final treat of a tractor ride around the farm to see the animals in the fields and then it was time to say goodbye to their favourite animals before getting back on the bus and heading back to school. Everyone was sad to leave and took some fantastic memories back home with them.

The staff were incredibly proud of all the children who had been on this adventure and, even though everyone was very tired, they all came back to school bursting with stories to share with friends and family. Well done to everyone – what an achievement!