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Humanities Trips

Year 9 pupils went out on trips to prepare them for their GCSE options in Humanities. The Historians visited Blenheim Palace, the RS students visited the Ark near Bristol and the Geographers visited Swanage. Click here to see the gallery of pictures from Swanage.

Phoebe Tyler reports on the RS Trip:
On Wednesday 24th April, a group of students from Bradon Forest School that have chosen RS to do as a GCSE went to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. The purpose of the visit was to see how Christians care for their animals in captivity in contrast to non-religious animal keepers.

As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by the owners of the Zoo Farm who made us feel very welcome. Our first activity of the day was a workshop where we learnt more about how the animals there are treated and why they are treated in that way. The person who led our workshop was a woman called Catherine. She took us through a PowerPoint that explained what the Five Freedoms are and how they put them into practise at the Zoo Farm.

The Five Freedoms are;

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst- Animals should be able to access fresh water and food that maintains their health and natural wellbeing.
  • Freedom from discomfort- Animals should have an appropriate environment that includes shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease- By preventing the animals from getting ill or injured and by making sure the animals are diagnosed and treated rapidly if they do.
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour- By making sure animals have enough space, proper facilities and the company of other animals their own kind.
  • Freedom from fear and distress- By making sure their conditions and treatment avoid mental suffering.

After Catherine had taken us through the Five Freedoms, our teachers gave us a worksheet to complete. This involved going around the Zoo Farm and saying id we thought the animals were free from the Five Freedoms and evidence to support our answers. Once we had completed that, we went to see Catherine for another workshop. This time she showed us a handbag made out of crocodile skin and a roll of snake skin. She showed us these to explain how animals are sometimes killed for their skin to make items of clothing/accessories and why this is cruel and wrong. She then brought out a real life snake for us to hold although, I was too scared! After that, we had 20 minutes free time to visit the gift shop and see the animals again. We thanked the owners and Catherine for making our school trip good and providing us with information on how they use Christian teachings to keep their animals kept well in captivity.

Myself, the students and even the teachers learnt a lot at the Zoo Farm and providing us with lots of knowledge that we can use later on whilst taking our RS GCSE’s! Thank you very much to the owners, Catherine and all of the other staff at the Zoo farm for making our day fun, interesting and informative!!

Rose Stevens reports on the History Trip:

The landscape of Blenheim Palace is something that can’t be forgotten quickly; some of my friends were surprised at the sheer size of it as we walked towards the palace doors. Although we didn’t expect not to be allowed pens, the unexpectedness faded when we gazed at the elaborate paintings and ornaments that were on display; they were too beautiful to be defaced accidentally.

The tour guides that took us were helpful and friendly as they drilled interesting facts and dates into our minds. For example, Winston Churchill dressed like a girl until the age of 5, when he got his first pair of trousers and had his hair cut short (it was traditional in that era of time). To this day, his light brown ringlets are in a transparent box that is tied to the bed he was born on.

Winston’s ancestor, John Churchill, won the Battle of Blenheim on August 13th 1704 and that is how the palace came into being; it was a reward from Queen Anne. The construction started in 1705 and was completely finished (including the decoration) thirty-two years later!

All of my friends were silenced by the history and the facts of the palace that were almost unbelievable. Then again, you have to see it to believe it. Click here for the gallery