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Dorchester St. Birinus Church of England School is a small village school where we seek to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment with opportunities for all children to develop their potential as joyful, confident, proud, healthy and independent individuals with key skills for life.
As you can appreciate, there is only so much information that can be gained from our website, however there is no substitute for visiting the school. If you would like to see St Birinus Primary School in action, I would be delighted to show you around. Please contact the school office on 01865 340081 to arrange a visit.
- Woodlands 2017
Take a look in the gallery for a taste of Owl Class’s trip to Woodlands
- Woodlands Day 4
Again, a slightly slower wake up to start the day with most looking at little subdued, however following a hearty breakfast we all felt able to face the day.
Groups 3 & 4 went caving (as a special treat I went caving again with group 4) we had a brilliant day crawling and scrambling through the caves to explore them; squeezing themselves through spaces like the wormhole and taking on the white line challenge!
Groups 1 & 2 headed off for canoeing travelled along the canal and had a great time learning how to steer and paddle. Throughout the day they had a great game of “canoe football” as well as having to go under some low bridges. Today saw a large number of children “accidentally” capsizing their canoes so the drying room is very full tonight!
Everyone has started trying to pack their suitcases tonight but their seems to still be alot…
- Woodlands Day 3
We woke to a heavy frost on the grass this morning and a clear sky. Some rooms were more difficult to wake this morning as the activities are certainly kicking in. Breakfast was at the usual time but it did include a bacon roll, which was a great treat.
Groups 1 and 2 headed off for the caves this morning after taking a bit of time to remember all the instructions of kit to take, which did include a complete change of clothes and a towel should they get too wet. I had the joy of caving with Group 1 today! The caves take a while to get there, but on arrival we ate some of the lunch to give us some energy and then headed into the cave – a big opening greets us which does make the children feel a little better about the prospect of going in….
- Woodlands Day 2
Most of the children were up and about before the wake up time of 7am, some very keen to get their rooms hoovered before the room inspection (this is evidence for when you want their room cleaned at home).
Breakfast was quick, quiet and enjoyed before we headed into our activity groups. I will let the children tell you their activity groups on their return, however I will give an overview of the activities.
As the weather promised, it was very wet for most of the day clearing up as we finished the activities.
Groups 1 and 2 were in the grounds of the house with Jungle Gym and high ropes – the excitement of wearing harnesses and remembering not to take off too many clips at once up on the high ropes. The children shared with me that although there were a few scary moments they were very proud…
- Woodlands Day 1
The coach journey was fairly quick as the traffic seemed to be on our side – our only challenge was the coach was very warm and we all had to take several layers of clothes off (within reason!)
Once we had arrived at Woodlands, we were all shown our rooms and given a guided tour of the house and grounds to get us prepared. It was then time for a well needed lunch of pizza and the famous Woodland’s flapjack (my personal favourite).
The afternoon included choosing our lunches for the remainder of the week and then working in our activity groups to complete several different problem solving activities. I must say the groups I saw were certainly developing a better team spirit and keen for all the group to be able to get on with the task. We just need to work on the listening skills.