For this year's harvest festival, we considered the importance of saying thank you for the harvest. In our local community, farmers work tirelessly to provide for us and we must ensure that we show our gratitude and remember those less fortunate than us at this time of year. Our donations from this year's festival will be going to The Nomad Trust, based in Lincoln, to support those who are homeless in Lincolnshire. We wrote poetry together in small groups to demonstrate our thankfulness which we performed at the service.
We also created some harvest-themed artwork, using the fruits and vegetables we described in our poems as a basis for our work. For this, we drew the outlines in pencil, which were then overlaid with hot glue. As a final step, we added colour and vibrancy with chalk pastels. Have a look at the images below - we think they look really effective!
Well last night was another good sleep all round – all sounds had drifted away by 10pm and some even had to be woken for breakfast this morning. After loading ourselves up at breakfast time, the 3 groups headed off to activity bases for fencing, the vertical challenge course and rifle shooting. The vertical challenge consisted of a series of obstacles leading straight up – 30 feet into the air. There were scramble nets, tyres to climb and even rope ladders, but many people absolutely smashed it! Well done to all! Fencing was great fun; learning the en guarde position, how to lunge and score points, before duelling it out! Have a look at the pictures below to see more!
Lunchtime was a feast of pasta and garlic bread with a selection of salads, followed by another full-on afternoon taking on the climbing wall and trapeze. These activities were certainly a challenge, standing at 12 metres tall each. The trapeze was particularly tricky as the pole wobbled so much the higher you got – check out the videos below to see! We finished off at 5.30pm and headed back for a few games and some chill time, before a dinner of sweet and sour chicken or curry with either rice or chips, followed by rice pudding and strawberry jam for dessert.
Our evening activity tonight was a huge game of capture the flag covering pretty much the whole site – we loved the freedom and having more fun playing out in the dark! We also had a small celebration for Luca where we shared birthday cakes, sang to him and presented him with cards. Then Mrs Harrison arrived with more cake from school’s MacMillan coffee morning – double cake! What a result! One more day to go… and we don’t want to leave!
Last night, we were all asleep by 11pm, meaning there were brighter faces at today’s breakfast. Again there were cooked options along with cereals, toast, yogurt and a selection of fruit. Today’s morning activities were the giant swing – wahoo! – and challenge course, which the groups completed on rotation. Many people braved the very top of the swing, but everyone had a go and there was happy squealing and smiles all round! Check out the brilliant videos and photos below! The challenge course gave lots of opportunities to work together and problem solve our way across the various obstacles, made even more tricky by having to carry water balloons across safely too!
After a lunch of baguettes and salad, we took on either rifle shooting - which was a real challenge as we aimed for small circular targets with heavy rifles - archery and the zip wire, which was a hit with everyone! At 5.30pm, we had quick showers and got ready for a slightly earlier dinner at 6.15pm, where we were given a choice of beef chilli with rice, fish fingers and chips or hoisin-flavoured Japanese noodles, polished off by some lemon drizzle cake. Delicious!
Tonight’s evening activity was a real laugh – a quiz night. We split into teams of 5 and faced rounds on Disney film characters, riddles, nursery rhymes, PGL facts and finally a music round, which ended in much singing and dancing! What a fantastic way to finish an incredible day!
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. Miss Sheardown & Mrs Kerr’s groups headed straight for opposite sides of the lake, whilst Mrs Bennett’s group headed off for a buggy building challenge, including learning how to tie clove hitch knots. Unfortunately for the raft-building groups at the lake, their rafts were not quite properly constructed and soon disintegrated in the water, dunking everyone in for an early-morning – and very chilly – bath! Mrs Bennett’s team made short work of making moveable buggies from oil drums, logs and rope. The groups then swapped over and tried out the other activity. Before lunch, everyone collected their purses and wallets and went over to the shop to buy a drink and sweet treat to enjoy during the evening.
After a filling lunch of pies and pasties, the afternoon consisted of either the ‘High Ropes’ course, an archery or fencing lesson. At 5.30pm, our activities came to an end and we quickly showered and changed before heading to dinner at 6.30pm. Tonight there was a choice of chicken goujons, vegetable lasagne or gammon with chips and vegetables, along with all of the usual salads and toffee apple crumble for dessert!
Tonight’s evening activity was a group challenge called ‘Splash’. Each team were provided with a water balloon and some materials to create a protective case. These were then dropped from the top of the 30ft climbing wall to test out their enclosures, but unfortunately only one group managed to succeed! 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!
Good evening everyone! We’ve had a great first day! After settling ourselves into our rooms, we had some free time to explore outside and were given an orientation walk of the site to see where our activities would be taking place. We then had our evening meal, where we were given the choices of lasagne, sausages or vegetable tart with a selection of potatoes and vegetables. We also enjoyed several helpings from the salad bar and finished off our meals with some chocolate cake! After dinner, it was time for our first evening entertainment activity, ‘Ambush’ – a favourite of the teachers! This involved splitting into two teams and carrying out a carefully co-ordinated huge game of hide and seek! We hid in many places, including up trees and in a WWII bunker! Lights out at 9.30, but who knows when we will all be asleep…!
Tomorrow is a day packed with 4 outdoor activities and more evening entertainment, let’s hope the weather holds out!
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...