Years 5 and 6 - Fleet Air Arm Museum

6th December 2018


Final Arrangements

Fleet Air Arm Trip – Thursday, 6th December

We are all looking forward to the trip tomorrow. Many thanks for returning your permission slips and payments.

7.40am         Please could the children arrive promptly and enter the school via the main courtyard
for Registration in the school hall.

8am              Coaches to depart for Yeovilton.
(Due to the distance we need to travel we will be unable to wait for any latecomers. If your child arrives after this time please report to the School Office and they will ensure your child is able to join another class for the day.)

3.30pm         Depart Yeovilton
5.15/5.30pm Anticipated arrival at Orchard Vale.

If you have advised us that your child can walk home, they will be allowed to do so otherwise please arrange for your nominated adult to collect them.

Children will need:

A small rucksack to carry their bits in.
To wear their School uniform, sensible shoes and a coat.
A packed lunch (with a little extra as it is a long day)
A drink in a labelled, plastic container.

If your child is entitled to Free School Meals and you have booked a packed lunch this will be given to them during registration but you might like to pack extra snacks and drinks)

Please do not give your child any money as we will not have the time to visit the gift shop.

If your child is likely to require travel sickness tablets please could you ensure they have taken this before departure. If they require another tablet before the return journey, please ensure you have completed a Medical Form and handed it and the medication to your class teacher.

We will send parents a text to update you on arrival times back at Orchard Vale. In the event of a major delay in our return time we will let our Emergency Contact know and this will be communicated to you.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Lavictoire Miss Squire Mrs Rana

Years 5 and 6 visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton – Thursday, 6th December


This term years 5 and 6 are studying conflicts around the world and we have arranged to visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, where we will be taking part in a fun World War II Home Front workshop. 


“With the threat of attack in 1914 from the air changed the nature of war for ordinary civilians forever. This active learning session challenges children to explore how Britain dealt with Total War at home whilst the Nation’s young men were fighting abroad. What contribution could women, children and civilians make to protect themselves and help the war effort? Find out about Zeppelins, the U-boat threat, food shortages, working in wartime factories and coping with the news from the Front.”


We will also get the chance to make a gas mask and explore the museum, which includes an aircraft carrier simulation experience and a look around the iconic Concorde.   This event is a curriculum activity and as such it would be beneficial to their learning if all children attended. Following the visit, they will be completing work in the classroom based on their experiences during the day. 


As this is a long way to travel, we have booked two coaches to leave Orchard Vale at 8am.  The children will need to be in school by 7.40am that day so that the coaches can leave on time.  We anticipate arriving back between 5.30pm.   Thanks to a generous contribution by the Friends of Orchard Vale we have managed to bring the cost down and would like to ask parents for a contribution of £14.50 per child, to be received by Thursday, 29th November.  As there are no spare funds available in the school budget to subsidise any shortfall, if there are not enough contributions collected we may have to cancel this experience.


The children MUST wear full school uniform, as this will help us to easily identify them amongst other visitors.  Please ensure the children bring a raincoat and sensible/comfortable shoes as we will be doing a lot of walking during the day.


The children will need a packed lunch and plenty to drink in a labelled, plastic container.  As the day is slightly longer than the normal school day, it would be a good idea to pack some extra food. 


If your child is asthmatic and likely to require medication could you please ensure this is in your child’s class ready for the day’s trip.  If your child suffers from travel sickness please ensure they have taken a tablet before arriving at school and complete a green medical form for any tablets that need to be administered before the return journey.


Please could we ask you to complete and return the tear off slip on letters sent home by Thursday, 29th November, including a note of the person who will be meeting your child from the coach at the end of the day.  If you have any questions, please contact your class teacher and we will endeavour to help.


Mrs Lavictoire     Miss Squire     Mrs Rana