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abingdon.org.uk/prep 7 TRIPS Year 5 spent a day at Oxford’s Pitt Rivers and Natural History Museums. Firstly, Year 5 took part in a workshop on the Maya, delivered expertly by Becky at the Pitt Rivers Museum, in support of their learning about Mesoamerican history and cultures. The children were fascinated by the mystery objects, using their detective skills to work out what they were. The boys then went on a guided tour around the Pitt Rivers to see various artefacts relating to the everyday lives and beliefs of these fascinating people, including clothing, amulets and flattened heads! YEAR 5 VISIT OXFORD’S PITT RIVERS AND NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS After lunch, Year 5 moved into the Natural History Museum for the Evolve, Adapt and Survive workshop, delivered by Chris, who was engaging and very knowledgeable. The pupils took part in a hands-on classroom activity in which they learned more about how adaptation had shaped the evolution and survival of vertebrate species. A highlight was the polar bear paw, which they were able to observe, stroke and make connections between its fur and how perfectly it was adapted to its natural Arctic environment. What a super trip we all had! Year 3 embarked on a secret mission at Coleshill National Trust Estate. The trip was based on their World War II topic and was called Secrets and Spies. They learned about codebreaking, dead letter drops, stealth training and they even descended into a World War II bunker! It was a fantastic day, thoroughly enjoyed by all. YEAR 3 SECRETS AND SPIES Our latest social with Headington School was a ceilidh for Year 8s, with a live band and excellent caller to lead the dancing. Delicious snacks at the interval revitalised the pupils and gave an opportunity to talk and make friends. Both schools enjoyed dancing with each other. Huge thanks to Headington School for their hospitality. Y8 SOCIAL - HEADINGTON CEILIDH