Woodland Primary School – Whole School Visit
This Autumn, Woodland Primary School covered many curriculum topics including Ingenious Inventions, all of Woodland School visited the Railway Museum at Shildon, to learn more about the invention and development of the railways in our area. Following our trip to the Locomotion Railway Museum at Shildon, all the children have been writing recounts about their day. Below we have a selection from Reception to Year 6 for you to enjoy.
Our Trip to Shildon
We went to Shildon and we went inside. We had a quiz sheet and we had to tick the boxes out. And we looked at the trains. And we made a picture of a train. We went back on the bus.
Sophie – Reception
First we got on the big bus. Soon we were there. I thought it was huge. After I discovered how light the coal was. Then we went for dinner. Then we looked at more trains. Then we went to the park. In the afternoon we looked around some more. My favourite train was the blue rocket.
Zak – Year 1
Our Trip to the Railway Museum
It was a fine and sunny day and Woodland Primary School went on the bus to the Railway Museum. When we got there we all got clipboards with sheets. Then we looked around and we found some objects around the railway museum. Later it was lunchtime. After lunchtime we went to a table. We sat down on the chairs. When we sat down we touched some things. There was flags, hats and there was a horn too. Soon we sat on another table and it had paper with bits of train on. We started to make our trains. After we did our trains we splitted up and one half went on the train and the other half played. After we switched around. Finally we had to go on the bus because it was home time.
Rose – Year 2
Railway Museum Recount
On Tuesday 23rd February 2016 Woodland Primary School went to the Railway Museum in Shildon. We travelled to the museum because our topic is Ingenious inventions so we are learning about trains and we went by bus.
First we talked to Simon and he told us how to stay safe. Next we got some activity sheets, split into groups and went to do them. We only got time to do one because the objects were really hard to spot. There were some other activities set out in the museum. My favourite game was the traffic light game. Me and Toby got the highest score of the class which was 24.
After that we had lunch and I was sitting next to Emily. I had a lovely pack lunch because I had a chocolate bar, a tuna sandwich and a packet of crisps.
Next we went to the making area and Simon showed us how to build a paper steam engine. After that we went to a big table and Simon showed us some special objects. He showed us some really big hats. Next he showed us some whistles, flags and ticket punchers. Eventually Simon gave us a guided tour. Mainly he told us about the carriages. I learnt that there was a first class and a second class and third class and first class was better.
Then we said a big Woodland thank you. Next we got our things and then we got back on the bus and went to school.
I thought it was very interesting. My favourite bit was finding the objects on the trail.
Jamie – Year 3
Our Railway Museum Trip
On Tuesday 23rd February Woodland Primary School was transported on a large, Maude’s bus to a Railway museum in Shildon. We visited because we are going to learn about railways, trains and engines, George Stephenson and how the train works.
As soon as we got there we listened to a man called Simon talk about Health and Safety in the museum. He told us not to run, otherwise you might hurt yourself. Then he gave us a picture trail, a timeline or favourite train. Me, Sophie, Emily, William and Jamie and Toby received a picture trail and slipped into a girls group and a boys group. It took quite a while to find everything on the list. While we did this we got to control a signal box and shunt carriages. When we finally found all the objects we went inside a train. I now know that the fireman has a lot of jobs like shovelling 9 tonnes of coal to make it move for an hour.
After that it was dinner time and I had a cheese sandwich, cucumber, carrot, apple, flapjack and a drink of water. Out of the big window we saw some old trains. We talked about our favourite trains. Mine is the Green arrow and Sophie’s was the Pacific.
Soon dinner was over and now we had 3 different activities to do. Our first one was making, naming and numbering paper steam engines. My engine was called the GIB TRON. Next we had the chance to feel objects the guard and the driver might use. There were also things the fireman might have. My favourite object was the guard’s horn and we got the chance to blow it! Then we got a ticket punched. Our last activity was a speech about Sans Pareil and the Rocket’s race. It was called the Rainhill trials. The Rocket won because the Sans Pareil broke down after the cylinder exploded. The cylinder was made by George Stephenson and he made the Rocket!
Soon it was time for a Big Woodland Thank You. Then we had to go home. It was a really fun and interesting day!
Emily G – Year 4
Super Shildon Locomotion Museum
Ever since January, the whole of Woodland School has been learning about Ingenious Inventions. As part of the topic we have been learning about trains as the first passenger railway went from Darlington to Stockton. To learn more about trains, the school went to Shildon Locomotive Museum.
So on Tuesday 23rd February Shildon Locomotive Museum became the place for us to learn. The whole school went because we have all been doing exciting work on trains. Everyone went, from Nursery to Year 6.
Even though I have been to the fascinating museum before I have never done some of the exciting trails that are on offer there. As we walked in I could smell an oily smell and it looked as though there was an army of cleaning staff cleaning the delightful trains. The first thing I saw was four giant trains right in front of me that filled me with excitement.
Simon and Joe (who were our instructors for the day) greeted us with a friendly talk about trains. After that each class went a different way with their teacher. The Owls did some fun trails which helped us learn more about trains. Year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to go on the LMS (also known as the black5). As the minutes passed by our heads were being filled with information. As lunchtime came we were all looking forward to the three activities in the afternoon. After lunch the first thing year 3,4,5 and 6 did was make a steam engine with paper next we did an object handling session and finally Simon talked us through Rainhill trials.
Even though all of the trip was amazing my highlight was when we got to go in the LMS. An intelligent man told us how to drive the LMS. It was a good thing to learn about.
With our heads full of information about locomotives we buckled up on the bus and set off back to school. It was a day I’ll never forget and a great experience.
Grace – Year 5
Super Steam at Shildon
This term the whole of Woodland Primary have been studying Ingenious Inventions. Part of our topic has been about George Stephenson and the first passenger railway – so our school decided to go to Shildon Locomotive Museum.
On Tuesday 23rd February my school went to Locomotion Museum, Shildon, to find out more about the fascinating world of trains! Since we had already learnt about trains we were expecting to be able to recognise some of the trains, but we didn’t.
Even though the journey was a long one, the first sight of the trains outside sparked excitement inside everyone, even the teachers! As we walked inside the first two trains I recognised were: The Mallard (125) and the Green Arrow. The two familiar engines made me realise that today was going to be a fun and exciting day!
As the morning progressed, Year 5 and 6 went on a fun fact trail, and like the title says it was fun. We were also lucky enough to go inside the LMS (also known as the Black 5). While we were inside I got to be the driver of the train, I sat on the seat and learnt how you would have driven a steam engine. Harry was the fireman, his job was to keep the fire going!
My favourite art of the trip was being the driver of my favourite train: the LMS. It was fun learning how a train works without looking at a picture! The museum was fun and educational for everyone who went. At the end of the day we returned back to school with brains that could explode at any moment with all the brilliant knowledge.
This trip was one of the best ever!
Oliver – Year 6
Super Shildon Steam Engines
This year, Woodland Primary School have been learning about steam engines and locomotives as part of our topic; Ingenious Inventions. So, last Tuesday, the whole school went on a trip to ‘Locomotion’ at Shildon to find out more.
As we approached the museum, all I saw were rusty trains parked outside a huge building. However, as we walked through the glass doors, I was dazzled by the shiny, unique steam engines along with a blast of what smelt like oil.
After we were all out of the morning frost outside, we were greeted by a friendly staff member (Simon) who told us about some activity sheets we could do whilst looking at the steam engines.
So, to begin with some fun, we all split off into groups and explored the museum, attempting to do the activity sheets on the way. Every one of us participated in looking at the locomotives, from the very first to the fastest, but Year 5 and 6 were also lucky to view the inside of the L.M.S. (also known as The Black 5), along with some of the younger children.
Although I enjoyed every part of the day, my highlight was when we got to handle old objects from the past. It was fascinating being able to hold things that were used in everyday life a long time ago.
Simon also told us about the first, second, third and fourth class, that’s right; third and fourth! Third class was standing with and open roof, and fourth class was sitting on the roof! (Still complaining about second class?!)
I think everyone enjoyed the trip, from the youngest child to the oldest teacher. I would definitely go again.
Hannah – Year 6