Wow! What a fantastic day we had!
Despite the early start, we were all raring to go. We had a fantastic journey down and played the longest game of Bingo ever! The children tucked into their packed lunches and enjoyed their word searches and colouring in activities.
Within 3 hours we had arrived. The place itself was amazing. The children were able to become witches and wizards, and were able to call their broom up to their hand (something the 1st years found tricky to master in the film), fly a broomstick, take wand lessons, push a trolley through platform 9 3/4, walk along the Hogwart's Express, visit the house on Privet Drive, ride on Hagrid's motorcycle and in the side car and have a seat in the car from the Chamber of Secrets. They also got to see Hagrid's hut, Dumbledore's office, a potions lab, the Gryffindor common room and bedroom, how the special effects were done on set and how costumes and masks were created. We also took a tour along Diagon Alley and we were able to peer into the shop windows. We were also lucky enough to be able to enter the Forbidden Forest and see the enormous spiders!
Finally, we ended our tour in the shop, where the children enjoyed spending their money, before returning to the bus for the long journey home. Many requests were made for another round of Bingo after having watched a DVD whilst we ate our tea. After the game of bingo, we played an alphabet game and then Mr Fuller entertained us with a 'guess what the name of the song is?' game. I think a few of the children were exhausted as they spent much of the journey home fast asleep.
The day was a huge success and it was lovely to see how much the children had enjoyed it. They were still buzzing this morning albeit they were rather tired.
Well done Year 5 - you were fabulous and it was a fantastic day!
I would like to say a big thankyou to all parents for getting up super early to get your child here on time and for bearing with us when collecting them.
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