Children in Year 2 have been enjoying trips to the local Stroudwater Canal recently. There they met a team of enthusiastic Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers who really brought the canal to life by explaining why it was so important to local trade in years gone by, and why it is now being regenerated. They’ve even taken turns operating one of the locks and pulling a 16 tonne barge through to the other side! The children also loved hearing about what a wildlife haven the whole canal is for numerous animals and insects – including seeing a swan family complete with cygnets, and the spot in a canal tunnel which is a favourite for hibernating bats.
The trips form part of their current topic work and have proved inspiring in more ways than one. One class created water safety posters and wonderful junk modelling boats, whilst another raided the dressing up box and performed a chapter from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows in a special class assembly. Each child had learnt their lines brilliantly and spoke loudly and clearly in front of a rapt audience, having worked hard during the week to really get into their characters and to practise their version of the Messing About on the River song.