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Leighton Primary School

Ferry Meadows and Nene Valley Railway Trip 2019

In October we visited Ferry Meadows and the Nene Valley Railway. This was our first school trip! We travelled by coach to Ferry Meadows. Once we arrived, we walked into the woods just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears! In the woods we talked about Autumn and the changes that we could see. We closed our eyes and listened carefully to sounds that we could hear like the birds singing, leaves rustling, distant traffic and dogs barking. We looked up towards the sky and could see the tree tops with leaves changing colours and some nests belonging to birds and squirrels. After this we looked down the trees, noticing the twigs, branches and tree trunks. We collected leaves, seeds and twigs from the woodland floor.  We found sticks to use as beaters, tapping the tree trunks and logs to make sounds. We hugged the trees and lifted logs, found holes dug by rabbits and drew in the mud with sticks. Afterwards we looked at the lake from the top of the mound and watched different kinds of birds on and around the water. 

When we left the woods, we walked to the train station so we wouldn't miss our train! We waited on the platform and stood in a safe place to listen for the train. We heard the wheels and engine coming closer and closer, and finally a loud whistle! When it stopped, we climbed aboard and sat down to eat our lunch. We had to show our tickets to the ticket collector who called out 'Tickets please!' We were able to see lots of things out of the window including cows, sheep and a red tractor just like the girl on her journey in The Train Ride story.

When we arrived at Wansford Station, we got off the train and had a look around. We walked up onto the footbridge and watched our train leave in big clouds of steam. It was very noisy! We also looked at the signal box, old luggage and engines. We were lucky enough to watch a driver raking coal from the wagon behind the engine and shovelling it into the engine and seeing the steam coming out as it heated up. It was a very exciting day. 

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