PUPILS at a Romsey were given the chance to go on an adventure outside of the classroom to explore attractions.

Children from Romsey Abbey C of E Primary School, Church Lane, visited Southampton's City Museum and became one with nature when they paid a visit to Testwood Lakes.

Headteacher at Romsey Abbey C of E Primary School, Julie-Anne Palfrey, said: “Last week three classes took their learning out of school with Year 2 visiting Southampton’s Sea City Museum, Year 3 had an adventurous day at Testwood Lakes and Year 5 explored Southampton Art Gallery.

"We are so fortunate that we have such a wealth of local attractions on the doorstep which help us enrich and extend our curriculum.

"Pupils really enjoy learning in new places and each visit enables the pupils to deepen and develop their learning on the topic once back at school.”

Year 3 class teacher, Jessica Anthony, said: “The pupils were thoroughly engaged during our visit to Testwood Lakes to learn more about rocks and soils. "They went on a hunt for different rocks using an identifying sheet and tested soil from different parts of the grounds to identify if it was chalky or clay based. In the afternoon they also took part in some orienteering using maps.

"For lunch the children had been challenged to bring a waste free lunch and compete against the other schools throughout the term to see who has the least waste going to landfill."

She added: "I am delighted to say we are now at the top of the leader board by quite a way in bringing the least rubbish.

"The whole day was a great learning experience for the pupils and I am looking forward to developing the themes of this during the rest of this term.”

Year 5 also got to visit Southampton Art Gallery as part of the trips.

Their class teacher, Lisa O’Donohoe, said: “Year 5 had a discovery session in the gallery led by Kate, one of the educators. She explored two portraits with us to compare and contrast them.

"We looked at an impressionist piece by Monet and compared it to a more modern work using pixels; the pupils also had some self-guided time to discover some of the other works of art in the gallery. "The pupils also completed an Ancient Egypt wire workshop, where we made wire faces of a pharaoh and then personalised them. Altogether a really good experience for the pupils.”

“Year two made the most of their visit to Southampton’s SeaCity museum” class teacher, Mr Mark Harris, added.

He said: “The Year 2 curriculum aims to develop an awareness of the past and find out about events beyond living memory.

"The pupils were able to discover about the Titanic disaster as well as other aspects of Southampton. A brilliant day’s learning for these young pupils.”

The visits took place on Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27.