Aims of the Visit
Study Week is an integral part of the Year 5 curriculum. The visit extends themes which have been explored in the classroom. During their time on the Isle of Wight, the children compare the town of Sandown to Solihull and explore how the two changed during the Victorian era. The children also have a chance to investigate coastal features at first-hand. There is a mix of learning and more social activities which really make this a memorable visit. The aims we have for this visit are:
Dates: Monday 15 – Friday 19 May 2017 (4 nights)
Visit Leader: Mr Chater
Total cost of visit: £245
Final payment due: Monday 24th April
Additional costs: Up to £5 for a sand shape at Alum Bay.
Parents' meeting: Monday 24th April 6.30pm in the Upper School Hall
On this visit we have a minimum ratio of one adult to every ten children. Our staff lead all activities during the week and are responsible for the pastoral care of the children. We put the children into six Study Week groups, each of which is looked after by one of the adults.
The group travels to the Isle of Wight by coach, leaving Greswold at around 7:00 am on Monday morning. Our experienced drivers from Hollywood Travel are very much part of the team and have been on many study weeks over the past years. The coaches and drivers stay with the group throughout the week. We break up the journey to and from the Isle of Wight with a comfort break at a service station. The crossing to the Isle of Wight is made from Portsmouth on a Wight Link ferry, taking about 40 minutes.
The base for the week is the Altavia Hotel in Sandown. Our group will take over the whole hotel and we will be the only guests there. We do our very best to accommodate friendship groups for the rooms children sleep in. All rooms are single gender and a member of staff is responsible for specific rooms. Greswold staff sleep in rooms close to the children and are available during the night if needed.
The food is always good on Study Week. In the morning the children have the choice of a cooked breakfast or cereal. For lunch, there is a choice of a sandwiches which are supplied with an item of fruit and crisps. In the evening, a choice of hot meals is available and the children are served at their tables. Arrangements can be made for vegetarians or children with other specific dietary requirements.
The guide below shows the normal activity programme for Study Week - weather permitting. Please note that some activities may change from year-to-year depending upon availability. In the event of poor weather we have a number of back-up activities, however it may not be possible for the full programme to go ahead if it is raining.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard / HMS Warrior
Before travelling to the Isle of Wight, we visit HMS Warrior 1860 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The ship is a unique example of a Victorian iron-hulled battleship. We will explore what life on board would have been like for its crew.The visit includes a 'discovery visit' during which the children get to dress up as Victorian sailors and try out different drills.
After the evening meal on the first night we take the children for an evening walk to Sandown beach to play games and generally tire them out. The children have a free choice of activities including football, cricket or simply building sand castles. At this point the children are not allowed into the sea.
Later in the week we re-visit Sandown Beach during the daytime. The children can again make sand sculptures and play games on the soft sand. This time there is normally an opportunity to venture into the shallow waters of the sea to paddle along with some brave members of Greswold staff. This activity is carefully supervised.
We spend a whole day at Queen Victoria’s house on the Isle of Wight. During the course of the day the children get to explore the grounds and visit the main house. The children also get to visit Osborne Bay and spend time at the Swiss Cottage - the royal children's play house. During the day the children get to find out what life was like for Victorian servants in the royal household and learn how to carry out a range of domestic duties under the watchful eye of Mrs Pilkington.
On one of the evenings we are head to Shanklin Theatre to watch a show designed especially for schools. The show is billed as a summer pantomime and features plenty of current chart songs for the children to sing along with. Audience participation is very much encouraged and by the end of the evening the children have normally been shouting, dancing and booing at the baddies.
We spend half a day at Carisbrooke Castle to explore its history. The children find out about the life of King Charles who was imprisoned at Carisbrooke. During our time at the castle, the children also get to see a demonstration of the well which is operated by donkeys.
Black Gang Chine
Based on the site of Victorian pleasure gardens, the park is an opportunity for some fun. There are a number of rides to go on including water slides and a roller coaster. There is also a large number of areas to explore including Cowboy Town and Dinosaur Land.
Alum Bay and the Needles
As part of our work on coastal features, we visit Alum Bay and take a short boat cruise out to see the Needles. The children also have an opportunity to visit the world famous Sand Shop where they can create a sand-shape using the multi-coloured Alum Bay sands.