Summer term has seen a great deal of activity on the Junior School extra-curricular calendar. Trips have recently taken place to Longleat Safari, Sulgrave Manor and to Abingdon town centre.
Year 4 spent the day at Sulgrave Manor learning all about the Tudors. During the visit the children had a tour of a Tudor House, learnt how to play Tudor games and even tried their hand at dancing. It was a wonderful experience and they all came back to school with lots of interesting facts.
In Geography this term, Year Two have been studying safari in Kenya. On Friday 16th June, they set off on their very own safari expedition to Longleat Safari Park. They saw many of the animals they have been learning about about including giraffes, elephants, lions, hippos and flamingos. The children were so excited to drive through the safari park on the school minibus and to be able to be so close to the animals. A lion walked right in front of them!
After returning from their trip, they set up their own safari camp in the OLA Junior School Top Hall and an outdoor fish and chip supper was enjoyed by all. By the end of the evening everyone was very tired and slept as soundly as the lions at Longleat. The next morning after breakfast pupils enjoyed a safari treasure hunt with clues about African animals. Before returning home certificates for surviving the safari adventure were awarded. A great time was had by all.
Year 5 trip to Abingdon
Year 5 were blessed with good weather on their trip into Abingdon. They started the day with a visit to the remains of the motte and bailey castle on the Fitzharry's Estate before heading into the town to the Abingdon Museum for a workshop called ' A Monk's Life' looking at how the Benedictine monks of Abingdon Abbey would have spent their days. They had time in the galleries looking further into the history of Abingdon before heading up onto the roof where they were treated to an excellent view of the town and surrounding countryside.
Next stop were the Abbey buildings and a tour of the Unicorn Theatre. At St. Nicholas’ Church they were met by Mr Coker, a former OLA parent who gave a very comprehensive tour and talked about life during medieval times. To finish the day pupils headed to the wonderful new adventure playground in Abbey Meadows and enjoyed an ice cream to cool off.