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Fieldtrip to Wales

26th September 2019

Dear Parents,

As the Geography Field Trip to Naturesbase in Lampiter, Wales approaches, I thought it wise to provide a kit list. We will be undertaking a number of activities including a day studying rivers, a day looking at urban regeneration and a day on the hills. As such the best advice I can give is to pack according to the weather forecast. However, we know that these can be unreliable, so please find below a list of essentials!

  • What you will need to pack
    Plenty of warm comfortable clothing (jeans are not good for outdoor work as they do not dry quickly); non-cotton tracksuit type clothing is best.
  • Waterproof jacket or anorak*
  • Waterproof trousers (if you have them)**
  • Warm sweater / fleece
  • Small day bag (for packed lunch, clip board etc)
  • Wellington boots or walking boots
  • Indoor shoes
  • Slippers to wear in the bedrooms
  • Towel
  • Sun cream
  • Sun hat
  • Torch
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch box
  • Wash bag
  • Two spare plastic bags to put dirty clothes and boots in
  • Pocket money
  • And lastly, an endless supply of energy!

We will be outside for most of the time so expect to be exposed to all types of weather and varied wild landscapes.

*Waterproof jackets should be large enough to fit comfortably over several layers, and waterproof over trousers need to be able to fit over Wellingtons. These will be one of the most important pieces of kit your daughter will need at Naturesbase.

The centre we are staying in is very comfortable! Gyles and his team run it almost as a home from home. Naturesbase has a large stone barn which doubles up as a classroom and dining room, which has a communal leisure area at one end.  There are facilities for making hot drinks Please do not bring large amounts of money as you will not have an opportunity to spend very much!  There is also a games room with a table tennis table and table football.

The food at Naturesbase is very tasty! We have a cooked breakfasts with things like cereal, toast, baked beans and orange juice. Lunch is often sandwiches, cakes and fruit, and for supper we always have two courses – main course and pudding.

In the grounds you will find some farm animals including pigs and chickens. There is always plenty of wildlife to see, including rabbits, pheasants, red kites, deer, badgers and toads.

In terms of logistics, we will be leaving at about 10.00am on Thursday, returning in time for the end of School on Monday 7th October. Should that time change (traffic conditions for example), we will contact you to update. Mrs Walster is coming with us, and is kindly driving the minibus.

If you have any immediate questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

With best wishes

Philip Humphreys