Y4 at Hooke Court Day Two!



It's all quiet here now, apart from the odd whisper! Some of us have had showers and we are almost (!) packed ready for tomorrow. For our last day we are looking forward to targeting our teachers with our home made catapults and to making aqueducts. 

Along with our completely amazing children, I also need to say a big thank you to our amazing Portway staff; they continue to be among the best I have worked with. Mr Ireland, Mr Kirby, Miss Freemantle, Mrs Norton, Mrs Staff, Mrs Fettes, Mr Stafford, Miss Paterson, Miss Turner, Miss Bissell and Miss Goddard have worked tirelessly literally all hours of the day and night to ensure our children have had a great time. They have read stories, given hugs, brushed hair and listened endlessly and have worked so very hard to make sure everyone has been looked after brilliantly. I am very glad to work with such an amazing team both here and back at school.

Anyway, almost time for ‘adult lights out’ so there’s only time to say that we aim to be back at school around 3:30 tomorrow afternoon. Please wait on the playground for us as the teachers will bring children off the coaches and round to the playground. You can then collect your children and afterwards go to collect their bags which will have been unloaded from the coaches and lined up on the pavement. Please make sure that you tell the member of staff that you are taking your child as we will worry if anyone just disappears. 

I really hope that all makes sense! We’ll hope to add a couple of updates tomorrow but I need to sign off now because I really am very tired!! We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow! 





Tonight’s dinner was a delicious and noisy affair - sausages with roast potatoes and veg followed by, and this was very exciting, chocolate cake and chocolate custard. When the chef revealed pudding, everyone was very excited!

We have spent the evening learning about the life of a Roman soldier and we have practised some of the exercises soldiers would have done. These included  practising target throwing with bean bags, collecting ‘logs’ and running these round a circuit as well as moving ‘hot rocks’ down a guttering pipe. It was a busy evening and we decided that actually Romans were very fit because they had done all that exercise with all their heavy armour on! We learnt about the reasons for different parts of the armour and volunteered Miss Bissell and Mr Stafford to dress up and model this for us. I’m sure there are pictures to share somewhere! 

Our mosaic making has also been a great success and we will all be bringing home our own small mosaic to show you. These will come back to school with us and we’ll sort them out early next week.  

Our photos have gradually been uploaded, by staff, to the 'Day 2' folder that you should be able to see below. We've worked really hard with them; we hope you enjoy them. (If you click on the pictures below, you can see larger copies.)


And we're off! 

The day has begun well - the sun is shining, the sky is blue and everyone remembered to wear the required number of layers beneath their Roman outfits! It turns out that, once we'd all dropped off, everyone slept well and all are bright and chirpy this morning. Breakfast happened smoothly and everyone tucked in well and loved that it involved two courses (with extras if we wanted it!) - we are being spoiled! 

Several funny things have happened, as they often do when everyone is away from home and tired. One of us was in our PJs at 4pm yesterday afternoon, ready for bed and had to hurriedly dress again once we'd pointed out that we hadn't had dinner or gone to our evening activities yet! Another one of us tried to come out in slippers and had to run back in to change into shoes! And a member of staff, who shall remain nameless, has proudly declared that they "only have two pairs of hands!" (I'm definitely planning on making the best use of those two pairs of hands when we're back at school - lol!) 

After breakfast we all took some time to pose for photos and hopefully you can see these below. Groups have now gone off to the Roundhouse to learn about Roman cooking, or leather and jewellery making, whilst others have disappeared to explore Roman soldiering. 

We will check back in later when we have a bit of time. I am sure you can appreciate how busy we are but rest assured that all is good and everyone is enjoying themselves and smiling a lot! 

Take care