London school children swapped life in the Big Smoke for a capital day out in Wimborne.
More than 40 children from Colville Primary School in Notting Hill said goodbye to the bright lights of the Portobello Road for the more tranquil setting of the River Stour when they spent the day with their new friends from Hayeswood First School.
The two schools had come together so their children could learn from each other about the similarities and differences between city and country life.
Hayeswood’s headteacher, Pippa Gerrett, said: “We organised the visit and links between the two schools so the children could find out about living in contrasting areas.
“After exchanging letters the children were incredibly excited to meet their new friends from London.
“When they met they instantly got on with each other and together took part in the activities that we had arranged.
“Some of our visiting children had never been outside London and we were proud to show them the rural setting around our school.”
During the visit to Wimborne the two sets of Year 4 children played some getting to know you games on the Hayeswood school field before having lunch.
They then went on a scenic river walk down to BytheWay where they joined forces for a treasure hunt.
The sun shone on the day and ice lollies were consumed before the Coleville children made the trip home to London.
And the following week the Hayeswood children made an equally enjoyable return visit to Coleville Primary.
While in London the children took part in a range of activities and enjoyed snacks which celebrated the ethnic diversity of the Notting Hill community.
Their trip ended with a visit to Portobello Road’s famous street market.
The two schools are determined to maintain the links now forged between them and are planning activities for next year.
Hayeswood First School is one of seven First and Middle schools in the Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT), along with Allenbourn Middle School, Colehill First School, St John’s CE First School, Merley First School, St Michael’s Middle School and Witchampton CE First School.
WAT was formed in March 2015.
All of its academies are rated either Good or Outstanding.
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