Dressed in their smart Vinehall tracksuits, Year 3 braved the rain and headed off to the home of Rudyard Kipling this week for a memorable day out.  They explored the grounds, enjoying the wild garden where they spotted chickens, bees, cyclamen and herbs on the way to the water mill.  A quick game of Pooh Sticks on the bridge caused great fun and excitement!  Running about amongst the trees (two rows of thirteen needed a little re-counting!), they gazed into the pond by the roses (learning what F.I.P. in the guest book stood for*).  They then discovered why Rudyard took his visitors down to the sundial to read the inscription on it if they had overstayed their welcome (‘It’s later than you think’).

Luckily the weather improved enough for a lovely long lunch break in the super play area; Rudyard would have enjoyed watching the children swinging and playing on the ropes and logs after they had eaten their picnic.  Once inside the house the guides and visitors were very complimentary about the children’s polite yet insistent curiosity shown in the questions they asked.  Having returned to school a little damp they settled in front of the original ‘Jungle Book’ video (yes, an actual video) for the final half hour of a really lovely day.

Many happy memories were made today – thank you, Year 3; and thank you to Mrs Payne for driving the minibus for us.  I can’t wait to read the final versions of the Year 3 ‘Just So’ stories they will complete after half term.

* Fell in Pond!