Y6 Residential Day 4
Well, exhaustion has set in for all. Mrs Latham had to wake most of the children this morning at 7.30am. I am sure that is a lie in for most. The bleary eyed breakfast this morning consisted of bacon rolls, toast, cereal and plenty of fruit. It was certainly one of our quietest meal times so far.
Energy replenished we went off for our daily briefing. Today's activities are to be climbing for two groups and caving for two.
Getting ready for this activity is so much quicker! A pair of boots, a harness and a helmet is the required equipment for the day. Oh, and strong muscles. Mrs Grist's group set off for climbing and swimming in Three Cliff Bay. A change of scenery again today for Mr Hiley and Mrs Peet, as their group headed off to the cliff face on Brandy Bay for climbing. After arriving, an exploration of the crooks and crevasses was in order whilst our instructor set up the ropes for climbing. This beach contained a mass of rock pools teaming with wildlife - shrimp, miniature fish, crabs, snails, a variety of seaweed... of course our favourite part was the sea. After our exploration, we had a quick picnic on the beach whilst our instructor gave us our instructions. All harnessed up we were ready for the climb. At total of three locations were put up - The aim to challenge yourself and get as far as possible.
This activity was challenging. The climb requires a great deal of concentration from all. The climber has to plan their route and find the natural foot and hand holes (It is not like a climbing wall they are not spaced out in order to help you achieve your goal) nature has created these. Then there are your three other team members who are in control of keeping you safe. They all need to make sure that the rope is kept tight just in case someone loses their footing and of course they need to spot for you. To make the day even more challenging the sun decided to make an appearance and beat down on us all day. The cove was secluded and provided no respite from the sun. However, I know that both groups did incredibly well. There was great team spirit, encouragement and not a single moan or refusal to have ago. After over two hours of climbing, the group came back to decide on how they would like to conclude their visit. Can you believe that they still had enough energy and opted for scrambling and rock pooling going back towards the lighthouse we had visited the day before. This was a physically demanding option but did provide them with some absolutely stunning views. Good choice.
All groups had an amazing day, not only with the quality of the activity but in the way they have conducted themselves and supported one another.
Mrs Latham's and Mrs Thomas' group headed off caving. Unfortunately for them, they did have to collect some of those pesky items that slow down departure i.e. caving suits. However, their instructors were kind today and allowed them to get fitted out at the location rather than having to wear them in the mini-bus in the blazing heat. It is reported by Mrs Latham that the location chosen today was the most challenging caving course she has ever visited! All I can say is that they are far braver than I am. Bending at a right angle, crawling commando style through these cavities in the dark and cold does not equal fun for me. However, again all the children completed the challenge some having to overcome their fears and concerns.
Returning wearily from the days activities, the children went up to their rooms to have their final shower of the week before dinner - A grand buffet of salad, wedges and pizza, followed by chocolate brownie and ice-cream.
I am not sure the children were so keen on this evening's activity - cleaning and packing! This did bring its own set of challenges. For some it was because they had to hunt down all their gear and get it back in the bags. For others it is because it marks the end of a fabulous week. However, once it was successfully completed they did enjoy relaxing in the Manor grounds.
This comes to the conclusion of our blog for this week. We hope you have enjoyed the wide range of photos we have tried to upload (believe it or not their are more to follow when we return) and the daily accounts. I am sure your children will give you a far more detailed account when you see them. However, I wouldn't rely on it tonight - I feel the coach journey home will be a much quieter affair. We have another whole day of activities before that happens.
Y6 Residential Day 3
The morning started with everyone replacing some much required energy for the day. The breakfast options were croissants , a range of cereal, toast and loads of fruit. Then children had their first briefing of the day. Two groups went off to participate in sea kayaking and two went off to complete climbing activities.
Today has seen a swap round of groups for some. Mrs Latham is happier with land under foot and Mr Hiley and Mrs Peet are happier on the open sea. So we were delighted to find that today's excursion was to a new area of the Gower Peninsula - The Mumbles. This new location also benefited them as we set off from a jetty today which meant the boats only had a short distance to be carried. Somehow we didn't end up on the water any earlier (those pesky wetsuits!)
So by 11.45am we were all on the water learning the art of direction change. By 12.30pm we had made it 20m up the bay to the next jetty where we got out and had our lunch. Surprisingly, the children seem more interested in testing their wetsuits out than getting back in their boats, so our lunch break also consisted of a brief swim. After that we continued up the bay, passing two lifeboat jettisons and going under a pier on the way to the lighthouse where again we exited our boats. A steep climb across rocks and pools was then required to reach the summit (the lighthouse). Some of us found our inner ninja/goat, some of us settled for our inner crab. However, the climb was well worth the effort which you will see from the stunning photos. By the time we were ready to return the tide was on its way back in so the children were delighted to find that they were required to test out those wetsuits again in order to get back (The rock pools had now become part of the sea).
As we headed back to the original bay we were able to enjoy some of the local wildlife again - however, we only saw two types of jellyfish and lots of seagulls - although the other group report they saw a seal. The weather hasn't been so bright today but actually it is a welcome relief when you are in a wetsuit all day. In fact we did even experience a brief rain shower which the children cheered at. Is it that long since we have seen rain? Finally before heading back to the ranch the children had enough time for yet another swim. They are going to enjoy that evening meal.
A change of scenery completely for Mrs Latham today as she headed off to the climbing activity with Mrs Thomas. They managed this far faster than the kayaking team (no wetsuits were required) and were heading off camp by 10.15am for a short drive down the coastline. You will see from the photos that this task is a challenging activity. A full rock face climb was required before having to abseil back down. Mrs Latham and Mrs Thomas report that this was challenging for all the group. Many fears were faced and conquered but a good day was had by all.
After another very active day the children were more than ready for their evening meal. The daily shower concluded, the children enjoyed a meal of chicken, Yorkshire puddings, mash potato and vegetables. Followed by pineapple upside-down cake with lashings of custard.
Evening activity - Castle Walk
Can you believe it? Yes we did continue with our planned evening activity even though the football was on. We would like to say thank you to England for playing into extra-time which we were back for. That being said, the children did have a marvellous time walking up to Pennard Castle. Well the ruins of it. Our instructor then suggested a climb down to the meander via the STEEP sand banks. This in itself was a challenge however, what the adults had failed to comprehend was the return route - all of us expected a meandering path back up. NO! We had to climb that shifting, steep sand bank. That was one cardio workout and apparently our leg work for the day! All adults and children, completely exhausted, we returned to the manor to have a well earned sit down whilst we watched the final 30 minutes of the game.
Y6 Residential Day 2
After a hearty breakfast (sausages in a roll, a range of cereal, toast and loads of fruit) the children had their first briefing of the day. Two groups went off to participate in sea kayaking and two went off to complete the caving activity.
After each child was fitted with a wetsuit, life jacket, rash vest and had collected their lunch we were ready to depart for the day ahead (It took us over an hour to achieve this. Those wetsuits are tricky to get on). We were taken to a small bay 10 minutes down the road. The sea was blue and inviting but it was also low tide. This meant that unfortunately we had to carry the boats some distance down the beach. The trolleys only take 2 boats and there were 16 boats and equipment to move. However, that was our first task achieved and at 11.45am we finally got on the open water. Going the right direction and moving forward was mastered quickly by some and some support was needed for others - thankfully we all ended up paddling up the coastline in the same direction. At about 12.45pm we stopped in a small secluded bay to have lunch, go rock pooling and warm back up under the sun. By the time we had finished the tide was coming back in. This allowed us to paddle in to some caves, nooks and crannies; jump in to the sea off rocks for a swim or just float (life jackets are great). This was tricky because the tide pushed you in but you can't turn round so you have to learn to paddle backwards!
As we headed back to the original bay we were able to enjoy some of the local wildlife - we saw three types of jellyfish (some bigger than the children), a sea bass (or a shark to some of the children) and a seal. Thankfully, after an exhausting afternoon we landed back at base at hide tide. That meant we didn't have to carry the boats too far.
After each child was fitted with a caving suit, wellies and had collected their lunch we were ready to depart for the day ahead (It took us over an hour to achieve this. Those cave suits are also tricky to get on!) This report however, will be brief (Mrs Peet did not go caving, she was on the open sea). These children were well protected from the sun today, in fact they needed their jumpers and trousers in the caves - It was cold. Through the day they negotiated several challenges which included going through the washing machine, thigh deep pools of water (one pupil assures me the water was pleasantly warm) and crawling through small spaces. All came back having had a fantastic time.
After a very active day the children were more than ready for their evening meal. However, they had to have a shower beforehand! All dressed and clean the children enjoyed a plentiful meal of rice, vegetables and chicken curry. This was followed by vanilla cheesecake.
After cleaning up and collecting our leavers' hoodies the children met Ed (one of the instructors) outside. The task was simple - get into teams and create a watertight den that the whole team can fit in! You will see from the photos that this was a challenge! This ended our jam packed day. The children happily went indoors for the evening milkshake, sweets and daily debrief where they shared the best moment of the day and who they were proudest of. Then it was off to bed so that we are ready for another busy day - More Sea Kayaking today (Wednesday) and Climbing.
Y6 Residential Day 2
Everyone slept well. All have enjoyed their breakfast. We are now getting ready for the day ahead.
Y4 Residential Trip - Day 2
Tuesday 15th May, 8am
All up and ready for breakfast after a good night's sleep.
Most of us were asleep by 10.30pm last night.
Looking forward to a fun filled day
Tuesday 15th May, post morning catch-up
Wow! What a morning! The sun has continued to shine upon us, which is probably a good job as we all have water wars today. This morning the children have been hover boarding, karting, climbing, fencing and water wars amongst others. Everyone is having a brilliant time and we are looking forward to this afternoon’s mayhem and the dressing up for the disco tonight.
PS: Mrs Morris, Mrs Langford and Mrs Nightingale may have got a little wet!
Year 4 team
Tuesday 15th May, evening update
A fab afternoon! We’ve continued to have a brilliant time. After four activities the children are exhausted but funnily enough they have enough energy for the disco. I’m sure they will all sleep soundly tonight.
Year 4 team
Y4 Residential Trip - Day 1
Monday 14th May, 4pm
It has been a gloriously sunny day! The children have enjoyed a tour of the site and have settled into their rooms. After lunch they completed their first activity and are currently on their second. All good so far, no tears! They are looking forward to dinner and the camp fire tonight. We haven't had a chance to download any photos yet. We will do this when we can.
This evening’s update
We have had a fantastic first day at our residential site. The children have enjoyed a range of activities including fencing, archery, body zorbing and hover boarding in glorious sunshine. They enjoyed their first evening meal and tucked into pasta, enchiladas, salads and more. We have just experienced a great camp fire before heading to bed (hopefully for a good night’s sleep) in preparation for a jam packed day tomorrow.
More updates to follow.
Year 4 team
"On Tuesday 14th March, we went to Tescos. There we tried to spot Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade logos. One of the things we found was the Happy Monkey smoothies. We worked in groups for this, so it was easier for us to spot them. Later we got to taste chocolate. I enjoyed trying to guess how much milk was in each of the chocolates we tried. They were milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate. The white chocolate had the most milk in. Then we went to the back of the store and explored the fridges and freezers. The freezers were freezing! At the end we got a goodie bag to take home. We really enjoyed the trip to Tescos."
By Shannon W 4LM
As part of our Stargazers learning project this term, Year 5 visited the National Space Centre. We learnt about the history of space travel and enjoyed exploring the model of the ISS! We learnt about how hard it is to be an astronaut by watching a film in the Planetarium and practised being real life astronauts in the Space Race!
St.Peter’s church was full to capacity as friend and family joined the children and staff in worship at our Annual Christmas Carol Service. The children created a wonderful spiritual atmosphere with candle light, carols, readings and prayer as they retold the story of the nativity. They sang a mix of traditional and new carols, accompanied by the school orchestra. Thank you to the children, staff and the St.Peter’s ministry team for helping us all to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
On Tuesday 4th October, Years 3 and 6 excitedly headed off to Cadbury World to learn all about the cocoa bean. Year 3 listened to a talk on Cadbury’s chocolate and how it is made as part of their topic, Scrumdiddlyumptious. Year 6’s presentation encompassed their ¡Hola Mexico! topic and they spent time learning about the Maya people, their customs, legends and lifestyles. They were shocked to learn that you could buy a slave for measly 100 cocoa beans but a turkey would set you back a whopping 200 beans! They were also confronted with tricky Mayan maths problems complete with their numerical symbols which turned out to be more fiendish than pesky Roman numerals! During the trip we also got to take a tour around the factory, find out about the Cadbury family and learn about chocolate throughout the ages. You can see the Year 3s learning about the Georgian chocolate houses in the photos. The 4D experience was a hit with everyone with many whoops, cheers and screams being heard as we dove head-first into a big vat of chocolate and took a trip on the chocolate rollercoaster from the Crunchie advert. We were also treated to a pot of melted chocolate which, by the amount that was smeared around the children’s faces, was very much enjoyed!
Year 4 had a fantastic time at Grendon, as you can see from the photos!
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