Osmington Update Day 5

We enjoyed our last full day of activities yesterday with 3 groups going off-site to do raft building. Everyone had a great day, despite getting a bit wet, although some children regretted forgetting to bring dry shoes and underwear!
We have enjoyed glorious sunshine for the best part of the week, other than first thing yesterday morning but that just added to the challenge of abseiling and the trapeze. The children have been fantastic at pushing themselves to experience new activities but the exercise and fresh air are now taking their toll as lots of them had to be woken up for breakfast today. We’re out of our rooms and everything is packed ready for the journey home but not before a final morning of activities.  We will be enjoying our last meal here at lunchtime and then get straight onto the coach to return home with some extremely tired children who are looking forward to catching up with their families and sharing all the amazing memories they have made over the past five days.

Osmington Update 2017 Day 2

We have enjoyed a much more settled night after a fun packed day of activities yesterday. Everyone is eating well, let’s say a balanced diet (fruit from the dinner hall and sweets and chocolate from the shop).
The main activities from today have been Jacobs ladder and raft building. Many fears have been conquered and a few soggy items of clothing have been made ready for our return. 
An evening of good food, running around and lots of laughter ahead of us…and hopefully another settled night ready for our last full day of activities.

Osmington Update 2017 Day 1

We had a nice smooth run to Osmington Bay, getting here in just under an hour and a half. We had the opportunity to spend some time on the beach eating our lunch before we investigated the new rooms we will be sleeping in for the next few nights. 
It is fantastic to learn how eager some children are to have multiple showers now they have their own rooms and I’m sure that hiding places have been found for their secret stashes of sweets.
As we start our first full day of activities, we are all full of excitement and a little apprehension of what is to come. Initial fears about some of the activities have quickly disappeared due to the thrill and enjoyment of the activities.
All of this is happening in the beautiful sunshine and with the picturesque view of Weymouth Bay.

Anglo Saxon Day…

On Anglo Saxon Day everyone was learning about why the Anglo Saxons raided our country (Britain).We had a massive feast. The food was cheese, carrots and pitta bread.The feast was like an Anglo Saxon feast. An Anglo Saxon actor taught us how to make a little copper ring. We had to curl the copper on each side until you could fold it.

The actor showed us some valuable and fragile artefacts – such as an Anglo Saxon cup. It smelled like poop which was disgusting! We were also painting stones that the teacher got from the beach. We were writing our initials in coloured pencil then painting it with the colours white, yellow, red, blue or black. I felt awesome!

[Written by Dylan F – Digital Leader]


Football Club at Anne Dale…

In Football Club this half term, we did matches, learnt skills and even warm ups! Mr Peplow set up this club. Our warm ups were stretches and a 3 LAPS OF THE FRONT FIELD! We practise skills such as scissors, dribbling and passing the ball to your partner.

We play our match for nearly 1 hour. You feel like you might almost die at the end of the match because you’re so exhausted?! If you are interested in coming along to football club, speak to Mr Peplow to find out more.

[Written By Noah – Digital Leader]

Anglo-Saxon Day

Year 4 children arrived at school dressed in some amazing Anglo-Saxon Costumes ready for their time travel back to AD 600. Each class enjoyed a workshop led by our visitor who reminded us where the A-S came from and why they came to England and settled. We looked at and handled tools and weapons they would have used. We were taught how to make an A-S ring and how to make cord by twisting a piece of string in order to make a cordage book mark.


We took part in a drama session where we acted out the story of Beowulf and Grendel, the monster. In our third session, we used A-S letters, called runes, and wrote secret messages to each other and painted our initials in runes onto pebbles.

Finally, we joined together as a Year Group in the hall and had an Anglo-Saxon feast of cheese, bread, carrot, apple and apple juice while listening to A-S music played on the lyre.

An enjoyable way to end the week and our topic on the Anglo-Saxons. A great time was had by all!


Osmington Adventure 2016… Final Update…

Friday has arrived and children from Anne Dale will now be conducting their final activities on the Weymouth coast, after a fun filled week at Osmington Bay.
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Today’s activities see the groups conducting their final trapeze leaps, climbing walls and sensory trails… as well as groups tackling the zip wire and archery competitions! The first challenge, however, was to pack their belongings into their bulging suitcases for the journey home… Here is an example of a “packed & ready” chalet – somehow, the staff were less than convinced about its readiness!


As pupils prepare to return to their homes this afternoon, with coaches leaving sometime after lunch, I am sure that families will be pleased to be reunited with their children (although extreme caution is advised upon opening the contents of the aforementioned suitcases!) Enjoy the weekend – I am sure that all will need some rest!


A final goodbye – see you all soon – from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Osmington Adventure 2016… Update 5

As the day closes on another fantastic 24 hours at Osmington Bay, children are settling down for their final sleep away from home amidst the rolling hills and adventurous activities of their PGL home for the last week…

Today, fuelled by a breakfast of sausages, hash browns, eggs and ketchup, children tackled yet more amazing activities, from the giant swing to survivor training and archery… During survivor, pupils tried to make fire, while also daubing themselves generously in mud! Beware their Bear Grylls style skills when they return!


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Other groups tacked the indoor bouldering wall with rock climbing prowess, making sure that their friends helped keep them safe by bileting from the floor nearby. The zip wire was also in popular demand, as children (and Miss Skinner!) whizzed along at considerable speed, enjoying the freedom of the sun in their faces as they sped along the top of the Weymouth cliffs.

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Once again, another day of tremendous fun and adventure has passed as children approach their last day at Osmington, ready to return to their families with amazing tales of all that they have accomplished this week….. Keep your eyes peeled for a final update!

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Osmington Adventure 2016… Update 3

As day three broke on the Weymouth coastline with glorious weather after a restful night’s sleep (check out the picture of the amazing sunset!), children from Anne Dale eagerly awaited their next instalment of their Osmington Adventure… Room inspections were conducted, with scores ranging between 1 and 5 out of 10. One band of particularly embarrassed pupils even resorted to blaming a packet of cheesy Doritos for the smell!

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Yesterday saw many groups tackle mountain biking – of which it is a requirement to have trousers tucked into socks… Children were sensible in their choices – the same cannot be said of Miss Hudson’s socks! (See update number 2!) Many of the children took positively to the off-roading experience, enjoying the scenic views of the Weymouth countryside on just 2 wheels…

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Other groups clambered to to top of the abseiling tower… before abseiling down slowly back to the earth. As you can see from the images, this was no small feat for some, but was enjoyed by all!

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Wednesday morning has seen other groups tackle raft building – using poles and barrels to create a sea-faring construction to float them and their friends out to freedom across the bay… thankfully, all craft successful sank, and no children made any successful escape to Portland!

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As the children head towards their evening activities at the half-way point of their adventure, there are some very soggy, tired but elated individuals, looking forward to more new adventures in their residential week.

Bye for now, from all at Osmington Bay!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

NSPCC Visit Anne Dale!

As part of the NSPCC’s involvement in schools nationwide, children at Anne Dale took part in workshops covering different ways of supporting children who might be facing difficult challenges in their lives – both at school and at home. Image result for nspcc

They discussed several different types of neglect and abuse, thinking carefully about how they could deal with this and seek help and discussing in groups whether this was safe and considering how “Buddy” (NSPCC’s mascot) would feel about it.

A team from the NSPCC visited classes in Year 5 and will be visiting Year 6, speaking about keeping safe, how to spot different types of abuse and neglect and how children can seek support from the NSPCC and ChildLine if they need to…

Children listened carefully and responsibly throughout and have gained a deeper understanding of the topics covered, thanks to the time and efforts of this dedicated team of workers from the NSPCC.

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[Written by Mr Thorns]