Exmoor pupils explore Bristol

Published on
November 28, 2023
Dunster First School
Moorland Federation
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Pupils from four Exmoor schools spend two days exploring Bristol

They travelled by train and their first activity was a tour of the city’s the docks on a traditional packet boat which gave the children an authentic feel for Bristol’s maritime history while taking in the beautiful dockside scenery.

The next destination was Bristol Aquarium, where they encountered a variety of underwater creatures from jellyfish to sharks, and a first-hand experience of marine biology.

Overnight accommodation was provided by the Youth Hostels Association (YHA) in the city centre near the harbourside.

In the evening the pupils visited the Hippodrome Theatre where they watched the globally acclaimed ‘The Lion King’.

The second day saw a walk to Bristol Cathedral where in the quiet reflection they were able to absorb the tranquil atmosphere while gaining an understanding of the city’s spiritual and architectural heritage.

The children then had an opportunity to explore the iconic SS Great Britain, the world's first ocean liner, immersing themselves in Bristol’s maritime history and some practical all hands on deck work experience.

A trip to the M Shed museum provided further insight into Bristol’s rich past, illuminating the city’s industrial and social heritage before catching a train back to Somerset.

Cutcombe head of school and SENCO Alison Blackmore said: “The Bristol expedition, an epitome of the Moorland Federation’s commitment to holistic education, has undoubtedly expanded the students’ perspectives, fostered friendships, and enriched their learning journey.

“It is such educational adventures that truly bring learning to life.”