21 Mar Erasmus Tenerife Trip – March 2023
Monday 20th March 2023
The Erasmus trip to Tenerife began today at (an eye-watering) 5am when pupils met their teachers outside school ready to head to the airport. Despite the shockingly early start, all the pupils were fizzing with excitement and ready to get going.
The 4-hour flight went smoothly and pupils entertained themselves and each other with card games, journal writing and quizzing each other on the vocabulary and language they have been studying about the island of Tenerife and its iconic volcano. The pupils even got to see El Teide from the air as they flew in to land – it was spectacular! Another highlight was getting to speak to their pilots and visit the aeroplane cockpit on arrival at Tenerife airport. Pupils even got to sit in the pilot’s seat!
Once they had arrived safely at the hotel and settled into their rooms, they headed to the supermarket to stock up on some healthy snacks for the week and put their Spanish knowledge into practice. They then took a walk down into Puerto de la Cruz to see the volcanic sandy beaches where pupils were already able to draw comparisons between the geography of Tenerife and London, with many commenting on the diverse flora, the very hilly terrain and low-hanging mist covering the mountain peaks.
They had a tiring day of travel and they definitely slept well that night, but are excited to see what the rest of the week brings!
Tuesday 21st March 2023
Thursday 23rd March 2023
Today pupils took part in their geography field trip to El Teide National Park. Pupils visited the astronomical observatory and had a guided tour of the different types of telescope. Pupils even got to see the sun and its protuberances.
Jenny said “You can’t look directly at the sun with the naked eye. Scientists use special telescopes that help them to observe it. This is the same for the planets.”
Jacob said “Not all the of the telescopes at the observatory look at the stars. Some of them look for the amount of particles and rubbish in space. They match the temperature of the dome with the temperature outside so that there is less turbulence (movement from the air outside). Turbulence makes it more difficult to see with the telescope.”
Pupils took MANY photos of El Tiede volcano from the excellent viewpoint the observatory provided. Although some were disappointed that we wouldn’t be making the 8-hour trek up to the top!
Pupils finished off the day with an afternoon splash around the pool followed by a fun and highly competitive football match with our peers from Parkwood primary school, who were also on the trip.
Friday 24th March 2023