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On Wednesday 3rd December Year 6 embarked on an exciting class excursion to the historic city of Bath to co-inside with their termly topic of The Romans. The trip has been a successful venture over the last three years. As well as being a highly innovating educational experience it also proves to be a worthwhile life experience for the pupils as they travel to the city using public transportation, travelling from Barry railway station to Cardiff central station (Aviva trains Wales) and then from Cardiff to Bath Spa (Great Western railways). This alternate method of transport provides a saving in time and money and also offers the children an alternative to the usual transportation via a coach.

The trip began with registration a Barry station at 8.30am, the we caught the 8.45am train to Cardiff in time to catch our 9.34am train to Bath. The children were excited to see that their seats were specially reserved and waiting for them! We had great fun on the journey’s and the conductor John, who was a former secondary school teacher offered great interaction with the children and some light hearted jokes about the validity of their tickets.

We arrive in Bath just after 10.30am and immediately began our short walk through the crowded town towards the Roman Baths ready to begin our guided tour. Not forgetting to stop for the traditional class pose outside the ‘All Saints’ clothes shop! The sounds and smells coming from the famous Bath Christmas market were captivating.

The tour was extremely informative and interesting. We encountered a host of archaeological artefacts brought to life by our audio guides and other media along the way. What was most exciting was meeting a real centurion Maximus and his slave, who stopped to talk to the children and received questions from the class.

We then strolled through the Christmas market to have our lunch in a privately hired room before returning back to the baths for a teaching session about Roman artefacts (used in cooking), mosaics and the chance to dress up in togas and tunics (the highlight of the trip for Mrs John).

Before leaving we also visited the gift shop and had a tour around Bath Abbey and lit a candle on behalf of the school for our loved ones. Some children took the opportunity to say a quiet prayer in the Abbey during our walk around.

It was almost time to go but before we left the children wanted to sing some carols outside the Abbey and it was lovely to see members of the public stopping to watch and offering the children a sign of their appreciation as well.

Before we knew it we had taken another two train journeys (just managing to get seats on the return train to Barry) and we arrived on schedule just before 5.30pm at Barry train station, where we were warmly greeted by Mr Williams and the parents. 

A lovely way to enhance our class topic and put us in the mood for Christmas! A special thank you to AB’s mum and LN’s grampy for their support on the trip!

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