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Tavistock Trip 2019 Year 5

 Year 5 had a fantastic time around Tavistock on the 19th November. Linking with our study in Geography of the local area and comparing different settlements, we conducted pedestrian surveys and counted the amount of traffic around the town. We found out lots why people were visiting Tavistock – and its history as the regional Market town.

When we arrived we split into six groups and spread out around Duke Street and Bedford square. Firstly, we conducted our Pedestrian Survey by asking members of the public 10 questions. One group even interviewed Mr G Cox MP. At 10:20am we did a traffic survey to see how busy the town centre and the main streets were. The traffic survey had around six turns which lasted five minutes long each. The total number of cars one group got altogether was 206!

It was a quiet day but we still learnt lots. Next we walked to the War memorial were we met by members from the British Legion who gave us a brief history of the memorial. We crossed the road to the British Legion club, we were treated to crisps and drinks. We also found out about the work of the British Legion. We asked a few questions to Mr. Christie, who is a member of the Royal British Legion.

We looked around two contrasting churches- St Eustachius and Tavistock Methodist Church- and learnt about features of religious buildings and different Christian traditions. It was especially interesting to find out all about John Wesley.

Finally, a quick walk to Tavistock Fire Station were we learnt all about the history of the station, how to stay fire safe in our homes, and what to do if we ever saw a dangerous situation. They had some great equipment which we used when we sprayed cars with water from a hose.

Overall it was a great day and we couldn't believe how much we managed to squeeze in! A big thanks to all the adults who helped on the day and to Peter Mawer and Tavistock Methodist Church.


Pupils Comments:

I was slightly nervous at first but then got used to it.

The members of the public were very nice to us when asked them our questions.

I had fun spraying the hose on the cars.


Reported by a year 5 pupil