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Isle of Wight Residential Day 2

Isle of Wight – Day Two
The day started with a filling breakfast: the children took the opportunity to eat cereal and toast (in copious amounts) and in some cases a full English as well!  Certainly it was notable throughout the day that the snacks we had brought with us remained untouched.
Our day started with a swift departure from Totland Bay and a quick drive over to Dinosaur Farm.  On reaching the farm we were advised, that due to early tides, we were best to start with the beach fossil hunt and then the fossil activities afterwards.  For over two hours we walked the length of the beach amazed by the dinosaur footprints and intent on collecting our own fossils; several children were successful in finding some interesting fossils, which they showed to our guide, who was most impressed.  Back at the farm – warm and dry - we were able to engage in sieving for fossil teeth; listen to an interesting talk on varieties of dinosaurs; produce some dinosaur art and research dinosaur and fossil facts.  
Just as the rain stopped outside, we boarded the coach for Alum Bay – here we did a quick bit of window shopping before descending the many steps to the beach (treading carefully due to the wet and slippery surface).  From there we reached the jetty where we climbed on board our boat for a trip around the Bay.  This proved to be one of the highlights of the day as, just as we were listening to our guide tell us about the cliff formation and Needles, we were duly entertained by a ‘dolphin’ leaping about, to one side of the boat.  This caused much excitement from both children and adults (on the school whatsapp though we were met with disbelief!).
We arrived back at 6.30 pm for dinner (fish and chips or sweet and sour chicken and ice-cream or mousse).  Hungry from all the walking – not a sound was heard as the children readily devoured their dinner.  Finally, we changed for bed, packed bags and spent some time in the lounge completing the trip diaries.  Hot chocolate and a snack proved a fitting end to another very busy day.
Zzzz …
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