Year 6 residential trip 2016
Wednesday morning - 23/03/2016
Happy birthday, Natalia! The birthday fairies had decorated her door for the occasion and we all sang happy birthday at breakfast. Cake is ready for later!
Not so sunny today but still dry and not cold which is great as we're all outside all day today. Very active day ahead including nightline, Jacob's ladder, leap of faith and orienteering. It's a huge site to orienteer around as the first group to try this found! Mrs. Bhabra's group were not pleased to learn they had missed two clues close together at the far end of the field! Nightline was suitably muddy so the black bin bags were a good idea and washing machines are going to be busy this weekend. More pictures of nightline on Twitter. Keep looking out for our updates. Children have been just brilliant and everyone is very impressed with their team work and exceptional manners. Back to the leap of faith!
Tuesday afternoon - 22/03/2016
The sun continued to shine all afternoon so everyone enjoyed all their activities without needing too many layers of clothes. Two groups completed the abseiling challenge - which was very high! - and the instructors were brilliant at encouraging everyone to set themselves a challenging target which both groups met! Tommy said, "It was really scary at the top and my legs were shaking like mad but once I'd got over the top and I knew the rope was holding me I enjoyed it!" Devonte was brave enough to perform his newly-created victory dance on the way down, too!
After the afternoon activities and dinner (Kinga has declared the food the best she's ever had away from home!) we wrapped up very warm for a brilliant camp fire where we learnt some new songs. Pictures on Twitter! Year 6 have been brilliant about going to bed and everyone was asleep by 9.30pm with no 1am showers last night! Too exhausted!
Tuesday - 22/03/2016
Gorgeous weather today - hot enough for sun-bathing if we weren't so busy.
It's been non-stop since breakfast and everyone has tried the indoor climb (including Miss Kavanagh and Miss Grant) and the groups have also done aeroball, high equilibrium, music track and abseiling.
Isabella declared the stay so far as 'the best time I've ever had' and we've definitely got some budding DJs amongst the group who've 'laid down their tracks'!
Nearly lunch time now but then four more activities afterwards and camp fire this evening.
The children have been brilliant - really engaged in all the activities and Billy, our group leader, has been very impressed with their team work skills and how well they've supported each other in the different tasks. We might come back with very sore throats!
Monday - 21/03/2016
We made really good time down to Kingswood and therefore had plenty of time to make beds (for some, one of the more challenging skills to learn this week!) and get organised for the first of the evening events.
Year 6 were straight into high equilibrium - a challenging climb in pairs up a very tall climbing post and then the chance to balance on the giant see-saw at the top with a friend.
Everyone threw themselves straight into the activity and were very successful in meeting both the realistic and the optimistic targets they had set themselves from the ground.
The foot holds were very narrow so it took lots of strength to keep close to the pole and find the best route up.
The other half of Year 6 tested their team working skills with marble motion, trying to construct a free standing marble run using just a few pipes and poles!
Then, after a well-earned dinner, there was the chance to compete in quiz night!
The 'What are Those?' team came first, closely followed by Curryland 2.0.
Everyone slept well apart from the group who were so excited for the morning, and who did not have a watch between them, who were up and about going in the shower at 1am! Miss Kavanagh and Mrs. Bhabra soon put them right!
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