It was lovely to welcome all the Year 5 pupils back from their two day residential trip yesterday afternoon. Everyone looked shattered, pupils and staff alike, but they had had a great time. The trip has a Humanities and Science focus and pupils are able to visit the bridge itself and various local museums and learn lots more about the history of the area and the start of the industrial revolution. Importantly, it is also an opportunity to be away from home and to spend time learning to live with others and to be very independent for a few days. I understand that they all rose to the challenge and I was delighted to hear that once again Gateway pupils were commended for their behaviour from the general public. I am very grateful to all the staff that organised and accompanied this successful trip.
Meanwhile back at school the Year 6 pupils, free of SATs exams, all enjoyed a very busy and successful First Aid day. My thanks to our fantastic nursing team, Mrs Nurse and Mrs Fuller, for coordinating the day. We had 7 visitors during the day, all bringing a different workshop or experience for the pupils to benefit from. They learnt about the work of medical front line staff and local NHS services, not to mention the very important life skills needed to help in a medical emergency.
To supplement their topic this term, Year 4 also enjoyed a visit from the Vikings on Tuesday. The lady Viking was excellent and really helped bring the topic to life.
Unbelievably we are now at summer half term and only have six and a half weeks left of this academic year. But I know that there is still lots of learning to be done and many exciting events lined up for the end of the summer term. I hope everyone enjoys the half term, I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in summer uniform on 1st June.