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Steam Train Topic – Spring 2019

This term Beech class have been learning about steam trains.
We started our topic by learning about the work of people such as George Stephenson, James Watt and Thomas Savery – important pioneers in the invention of steam trains. The class have really enjoyed learning about some of the famous steams trains such as The Flying Scotsman (the first steam train to reach speeds of 100mph) and the Mallard (which stills holds the record for the fastest steam train, set in 1938).  Mapping out some of the train routes around the country was a tricky task but helped the children to locate key places on a map of the UK.
On Tuesday 5th March Beech class went on a class trip on steam train. Everyone loved the day! Having arrived in Paignton by coach, we boarded the ‘7827 Lydham Manor’ – a Great Western Railway steam train built in 1950. The sounds of the whistle and the smell of coal dust accompanied us all the way to Kingswear.   Once in Kingswear, we caught a small ferry across the river to Dartmouth where, after a play in the park, we caught a second, bigger ferry up the river. The ferry was called ‘The Dartmouth Princess’. From the window, we saw the steam train going past, puffing all the way.  We then did the whole journey in reverse but this time stopped at the visitor centre and, of course, the shop! Even though it rained, it was a fantastic day.
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Our trip to Dartmouth