Year 3 Visit to Thorndon Country Park

In order to enhance our learning this half term, Year 3 will be visiting Thorndon Country Park for a Dinosaur Day on Monday 23rd September 2019. This will enrich our topic by giving children the chance to take part in a variety of dinosaur related activities (eg. fossil hunt, massive maths, land art) using the country park’s open spaces.


We will be travelling by coach.  The cost of travel and the Dinosaur Day led by Essex Country Parks’ Rangers will be £16 per child. When organising school activities that will enrich the curriculum experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute towards the cost.  All contributions are voluntary and, unfortunately, if we do not receive sufficient contributions, we will have to cancel this trip.


On the day of your child’s visit, they will need to come to school at the normal time.  At the end of the visit, we will be leaving Thorndon Country Park at 2.30pm so, traffic permitting, we should be back by the end of the school day.


Your child needs to bring a packed lunch with plenty of drinks and a snack for break time (no fizzy drinks or glass bottles).  Essex Country Parks promotes the idea of a ‘waste free lunch’ and we aim to support this by producing the minimal amount of waste and ensuring that we do not leave any rubbish at the Country Park after our visit.  If your child is eligible for free school meals, you can request a packed lunch on the form in the letter.


The Rangers will continue to teach whatever the weather so we ask that the children are fully prepared for the weather conditions.  For this trip it is not necessary for your child to wear school uniform; layers of old warm clothing will be best with a warm waterproof coat/trousers, wellington boots and a hat, scarf and gloves if the weather is poor.  We suggest the children have a pair of shoes (in a named plastic bag) to change into at the end of the visit, before getting back onto the coach.


We will need parental assistance with these trips, so please indicate below if you would like to assist.


Please sign up to SIMS Pay and pay online for this trip; by doing so you are giving your permission for your child to attend this trip.  If you are unable to use SIMS Pay, please return the permission slip and contribution to your child’s class teacher in an envelope marked with your child’s name.  If you are unable to contribute financially, please inform your child’s teacher by letter.  Please return reply slips by Monday 16th September 2019.


Please note SIMs Pay registration letters have been sent out this afternoon.

Y3 Thornden Trip 2019 – Sept 19