Our Year 4s are spending three days away from their families on a residential experience at Castleton.
They left school yesterday and settled in straight away. They walked around Castleton and had lunch. The children took part in a river study and a GPS challenge! Everyone worked hard as a team and represented the school perfectly.
By the afternoon the children walked back to the Youth Hostel at Losehill Hall, started to unpack their things in their dorms and make their beds. The children helped each other make beds especially if the pillow needed a squeeze to get it into the pillow case.
By the evening, everyone was very hungry and they had dinner. More activities followed after that. They took part in the Egg Rocket Challenge!
By the time everyone was ready for bed and had one or two hugs, stories were read and the Y4s soon settled down to sleep. Their mums and dads would be so proud of how they are coping being away from their families on their first night.
Today is day two! Everyone slept like logs! The children will be taking a tour of Speedwell Cavern, exploring the leadmine and fossil hunting. We know, that even with the drizzle and wind, they will have a great time.
The Y6s are spending a week at Kingswood on residential. They are really enjoying themselves. Many teachers and school staff are giving up their time to make sure the children have the best possible experience. I am always so grateful to the team for that. I paid a visit Monday and Tuesday night to make sure the children were settled and I spent a full morning there today. The children worked well as a team, supported each other, encouraged everyone, followed safety instructions carefully and experienced things they had never experienced before. The pupils are thriving!
Conquering fears on the climbing wall. Daring to look down. Reaching the top. Climbing higher than imagined.
Working as a team to build a den that fulfilled the brief: facing away from the wind and rain; keeping yourselves dry and warm; and co-operating to get the job done on time.
Fencing: learning a new skill, competing, ensuring you follow instructions in order to stay safe. Who would have known that the way you start a fencing bout is by slapping each other across the (masked) face with a leather glove?
High All Aboard! This task is so tricky. The platform is tiny and really high! Children have to negotiate the platform in order to both reach the top. Teamwork is essential. Often, children don’t even realise how high up they are. This team made it to the top and balanced on one leg before performing “heads, shoulders, knees and toes”!
Teamwork on the High Ropes. Children experience what it is like to secure each other to the pully system and ensure everyone plays a key part.
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