From historic sites and heritage steam lines to iconic landmarks and seaside fun, our mascot Teacher enjoyed some top visits while exploring the Isle of Wight during a summer residential.
Our fun video captures TT’s experience, beginning his journey on the Wightlink ferry crossing from Lymington to Yarmouth, before heading to the Needles Landmark Attraction where he can be seen making his own sand art, taking part in a glass blowing demonstration at Alum Bay Glass and enjoying the Sweet Manufactory.
Next up was the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary in Sandown where Teacher Ted came face to face with a variety of animals including a raccoon, before making wish at Godshill’s wishing well - hitting the bell at the first time of asking (we promise!). Schools visiting the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary can organise bespoke sessions to focus on a particular area of interest, with an on-site learning and discovery centre available during a visit.
Queen Victoria’s seaside retreat was next on his agenda, with Osborne near Cowes showcasing Victorian family life beautifully, before he headed to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in Havenstreet to take a ride through time on a traditional steam engine and even try on a conductor’s outfit.
Osborne welcomes pupils of all ages to explore the private areas once used by Queen Victoria’s family, with expert-led discovery visits available which includes authentic object handling from the era. The Isle of Wight Steam Railway can also cater for school groups from EYFS up to Key Stage 5, with sessions led by heritage and learning manager Sarah Girling who can help bring the visit to life.
Finally, Carisbrooke Castle was the last visit scheduled for his jam-packed residential where TT got to explore the ex-fort’s wall walk to see how it has been defended through the centuries. A visit to the castle links to KS1 - KS3 history, as well as KS3 geography, with discovery visits also pre-bookable to enhance the visit further.
A very busy itinerary and plenty of learning opportunities culminated in some much-needed down time where our mascot can be seen changing into his summer shirt to enjoy Shanklin beach in the sunshine. We can’t wait to see where he ends up next!
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