On Monday 15th October, Year 6 enjoyed a memorable day out to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, to coincide with our topic this term of 'Animal Planet: Wonders of the Wild'. We looked at the types of enclosures housing some weird and wonderful animals, learnt all about adaptations in our education workshop to help us in science, and even got the opportunity to hold some critters too! Have a look at the photos below to share in our exciting day...
The day has finally come! After arriving at 3.30pm, we said goodbye to our parents and headed off for a week of adventure! Firstly, we were shown to our rooms where we had a quick few minutes to unpack before being led on a site tour by our groupie for the week, Matty. We were excited to see some of the activities we’d be taking on first-hand, such as the giant swing, trapeze and the lake where we will be building rafts (and taking a swim no doubt)! After playing some games together, we headed for tea in the dining hall. We had a choice of sausage casserole with rice or fish fingers, chips and beans with a selection of side salads and jam doughnuts for dessert. Everyone stocked up!
Our first evening activity was ‘Splash’. We had to carry out some team challenges to earn equipment, from which we built protective cradles for water balloons. These were then dropped from the top of the climbing wall by Matty, a good 35ft in the air! Amazingly, every single water balloon survived the drop; perhaps there’s a future in engineering for some of us!
We headed back to our accommodation at 9pm to warm up with hot showers and climb into our beds, ready for lights out at 9.30pm. It’s now 10.30pm, but there’s no sign of sleep just yet…
Well, there were certainly a few sleepy faces this morning! After a hearty cooked breakfast along with cereals, toast, yogurt and fruit, we set off for our first morning activities. Some went off to try out some problem-solving challenges, others created moveable buggies from oil drums, logs and rope and the third group tried out ‘Aeroball’, a combination of trampolining and basketball! Our second morning activities consisted of zooming along a zip wire, taking a leap of faith from the top of a telegraph pole towards a trapeze bar and another group trying out the buggy building.
We all met up again for lunch at 1.10pm, and we were certainly ready for it! We feasted on jacket potatoes with cheese, chilli or beans; or maybe even all 3! But there was no time to relax as we were then called for our afternoon adventures of raft building, the giant swing and the ‘vertical challenge’ an assault course going straight up! At 5.30pm, our activities came to an end and we quickly changed before heading to dinner just after 6pm. Tonight there was a choice of meatballs with pasta or chicken pies with roast potatoes and vegetables, along with all of the usual salads, and lemon drizzle cake for dessert!
After that, we collected our purses and wallets and went over to the shop to buy ourselves a drink and sweet treat as a reward for all of our hard work during the day. But we didn’t have too long to enjoy them as we were soon whisked off for our evening activity; a large-scale game of capture the flag in the dark! It’s been a long, exhausting day…here’s hoping for restful night! Please look through the gallery below to see some of our highlights!
This morning we awoke with much fresher faces from a great night’s sleep. We began with breakfast, before getting stuck into a full day of activities once again. Throughout the day, the different groups tried out: orienteering, archery, rifle shooting, fencing, and the ultimate – the giant swing! Others also had their turn on the vertical challenge, aeroball and raft building. Another real test today has been the trapeze with others braving the leap of faith! There are so many fantastic photos (Mr Hickerton, Mrs Bennett & Miss Sheardown have all been a bit snap happy), a selection are available below!
On the menu today for lunch were wraps or sandwiches with BBQ chicken, cheese or ham, along with a selection of salads. For dinner we could choose between lasagne or chicken nuggets, served with chips and apple crumble with custard for dessert – delicious! We’re all keeping well stocked up to keep our energy levels up for the activities. We finished off the day with ‘Ambush’ a fantastic team game along the lines of hide and seek, with each team trying to ambush one another in the dark! Great fun! I think we’ll all sleep well again tonight…
What a full-on day! We awoke at 7.15am for a 7.40am breakfast ready to fuel ourselves for the day. Our final full day consisted of fencing, problem-solving, buggy building, orienteering, zip wire and one group even took on the 35ft high climbing wall with a fantastic four reaching the top to ring the bell! There are so many pictures of our fantastic achievements below, take a look!
On the menu today for lunch was soup with crusty baguette, pasta with carbonara or marinara sauce, garlic bread and an array of salads. For dinner we were treated to homemade cottage pie with vegetables, chicken korma curry with rice or enchiladas, followed by chocolate crispy cakes for dessert – we were certainly ready for it after all of today’s activities!
In the evening we were treated to a fantastic quiz, hosted by our wonderful groupie Matty. It featured question rounds about PGL, Disney and nursery rhymes, as well as challenge activities! The overall winners were the teachers by 1.5 points – boo! Also, this evening we celebrated Bracken’s birthday, which is on Saturday, with a fabulous cake baked by her grandma! Happy birthday Bracken! What a way to spend our last day!
In the blink of an eye, our final day had arrived! We awoke slightly earlier to pack our suitcases before heading off for breakfast at 7.40am. It was then time to move our bags, strip the beds and check our rooms for stray socks before heading off to our morning activities. Two groups took on the climbing wall for their first challenge, whilst others headed over to the zip wire. Squeals of delight all round! Our final activity was the same for all groups, and it was lovely to work alongside each other for what seems like the first time in a long time! We took part in 'survivor', an activity based upon survival skills in the woods. For this we built dens, made fires and whittled some wood to make tent pegs! Have a look at the gallery below! We then enjoyed one final meal together before going to retrieve our many bags and getting ready to greet our eager parents!
This week has been a test of our determination, a challenge of our bravery and a chance to really bond and forge lasting relationships to see us through an important year. It has been a wonderful experience for me, Miss Sheardown, to witness some of the amazing strength and teamwork which has shone through this week, revealing sides to these wonderful 30 people which I otherwise may not have seen. The pictures below sum up our incredible week...and now home for a good bath and rest for all! Well done to everybody for each of your fantastic achievements x
Welcome to our class page! Here you will find information and photos about our learning in school, from school trips and some helpful SATs & general Y6 revision pieces at the bottom of the page. Please check back regularly; it's going to be a busy year! Our learning will take place through our inspiring topics of:
- Animal planet: wonders of the wild (autumn term)
- WWII (spring term)
- Australia (summer term)
Here are a few photos of some of the highlights from last year to give you an idea of some of the fantastic experiences to come...