Well done to our three Year 4 classes for their excellent learning and behaviour on their Wat Tyler visit and a huge thanks to the staff who give up their own family time to make this possible. Woodside is unusual is having a residential visit for year 4 children (as well as the residential week in year 6) but we think it gives children an invaluable opportunity. Over three days and two nights away from home children develop independence and important social skills at the same time as learning about the ecology and industrial history of Wat Tyler Country Park. Alfred Nobel is thought to have started his famous Peace Prize to make up for his development of explosives, many of which were made at his companies factory at what is now Wat Tyler Country Park, and made modern warfare so terrible. Now the remaining buildings of the factory have a new purpose and the land has gone back to nature bringing a myriad of wildlife. Children can pond dip and find all three kinds of newt as well as many other creatures, as well as seeing and hearing a range of birds. They have fun on the mudslide, enjoy a campfire, a night walk and am atmospheric nigh time story in one of the old cottages which were rebuilt on the site. The park was named after Wat Tyler, the leader of the Peasants Revolt who is thought to have lived nearby.