On Thursday 3rd November Y3 and Y4 went on an adventure to Manchester. The children had been very excited in the build up to the trip – the promise of a science museum, a theatre production and a VERY late night were definitely contributing factors. We left Ulverston at 9 in the morning and enjoyed a trouble free journey into Manchester city centre. We drove through the Deansgate area of Manchester and parked outside the Museum Of Science and Industry (MOSI). The children sensibly exited the buses, gathered with their group leaders and entered the museum under a blanket of excitement. After depositing our bags on the top floor of the building, we were free to explore the range of exhibits. We decided to visit the ‘Experiment’ floor; a large space containing a wonderful array of practical experiments. It was great to see the children independently exploring the science activities and we were incredibly proud of how they interacted with the other children in the museum. After exploring the ‘Experiment’ zone, the ‘Engine Shed’ and the ‘Aircraft Hangar’ it was time to leave for The Lowry.
After a short bus journey across town (which took us past Old Trafford) we arrived at Salford Quays and the children got their first glance of The Lowry. We walked into the entrance hall and embarked on our journey to find the L.S Lowry gallery. As the children walked into the gallery for the first time there was an audible gasp. It was incredible to see the pieces of art that we had been exploring in art lessons, in real life. We had been given special permission to sketch inside the gallery so the children sat down in front of their favourite pieces and began to sketch away. A passer by in the gallery commented on the level of knowledge of our children – he had overheard two boys discussing the painting ‘Head Of A Man’ and thought it was wonderful that youngsters knew so much! As some children continued to sketch others went for a short walk to explore Salford Quays. On our walk we could see Media City, Old Trafford and the Imperial War Museum. As we passed the stage door on our way back to the theatre, we received a wave from Mr Toad himself, Rufus Hound! If the children weren’t excited for the show before, they were now!
After eating tea in the Lyric Circle Bar it was finally time for us to take our seats and watch the Wind In The Willows. The musical was absolutely fantastic and words can’t really describe how excited the children were. The songs were incredible and the acting was first class. When the performance had finished, we made our way back to the buses and set off back on the long drive to Ulverston. We arrived on Hill Fall shortly after midnight (15 hours after departing Ulverston) and were greeted by smiling, rather sleepy looking parents.
We would like to say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to all the staff and parent helpers that accompanied the children on the trip! It was a wonderful day and we have already started thinking about another one for Y3/Y4 next year!