Take a look in the gallery for a taste of Owl Class’s trip to Woodlands
Again, a slightly slower wake up to start the day with most looking at little subdued, however following a hearty breakfast we all felt able to face the day.
Groups 3 & 4 went caving (as a special treat I went caving again with group 4) we had a brilliant day crawling and scrambling through the caves to explore them; squeezing themselves through spaces like the wormhole and taking on the white line challenge!
Groups 1 & 2 headed off for canoeing travelled along the canal and had a great time learning how to steer and paddle. Throughout the day they had a great game of “canoe football” as well as having to go under some low bridges. Today saw a large number of children “accidentally” capsizing their canoes so the drying room is very full tonight!
Everyone has started trying to pack their suitcases tonight but their seems to still be alot of clothes unclaimed around the centre! Tomorrow we will all be mountain walking for the day before returning to the centre to collect all our belongings and heading home.
Talking with the children tonight they have all been telling me about what an amazing week they have had and the many highlights that they have from the different activities as well as all the new friends they have made and skills they have learnt. I am sure that they will have so much to say and tell you about when they see you tomorrow evening as well as lots of fabulous photos to show you.
The plan is to leave Woodlands at 3pm tomorrow afternoon and a predicted time of 6pm (ish), however I will send out a text when we are closer to Oxfordshire to give a slightly better time check.
See you all tomorrow.
We woke to a heavy frost on the grass this morning and a clear sky. Some rooms were more difficult to wake this morning as the activities are certainly kicking in. Breakfast was at the usual time but it did include a bacon roll, which was a great treat.
Groups 1 and 2 headed off for the caves this morning after taking a bit of time to remember all the instructions of kit to take, which did include a complete change of clothes and a towel should they get too wet. I had the joy of caving with Group 1 today! The caves take a while to get there, but on arrival we ate some of the lunch to give us some energy and then headed into the cave – a big opening greets us which does make the children feel a little better about the prospect of going in. The children really pushed themselves to try something new particularly the infamous ‘letterbox’. At the end both groups got wet, which resulted in the need to change quickly from their wet clothes. This is when several children realised that they either did not have a complete set of dry clothes or no dry clothes.
Groups 3 and 4 were on the high ropes and climbing wall, which the children persevered to complete – they certainly came away from it pleased that they had tried the experience. This is in the Woodlands grounds, which does make it easier as they are able to get started quickly.
After dinner (Roast pork) – the evening activity was orienteering to build on their skills from yesterday.
I know many of the children are ready for a good nights sleep tonight and so am I to be honest.
Tomorrow includes canoeing and caving – so we look forward to that!
Most of the children were up and about before the wake up time of 7am, some very keen to get their rooms hoovered before the room inspection (this is evidence for when you want their room cleaned at home).
Breakfast was quick, quiet and enjoyed before we headed into our activity groups. I will let the children tell you their activity groups on their return, however I will give an overview of the activities.
As the weather promised, it was very wet for most of the day clearing up as we finished the activities.
Groups 1 and 2 were in the grounds of the house with Jungle Gym and high ropes – the excitement of wearing harnesses and remembering not to take off too many clips at once up on the high ropes. The children shared with me that although there were a few scary moments they were very proud of their achievements and their team work was beginning to come through more and more.
Groups 3 & 4 (I was with Group 4) were canoeing on the canal (crossing over half way). As always it was great to see the improvement in their paddling skills and especially in stopping either going around in circles or hitting alternate banks down the canal. We also had fun going under a very low bridge by crouching down in the canoe – such fun. The groups particularly enjoyed lifting the canoes on and off the trailer!
The evening meal was Pasta bake and garlic bread, which was eaten very quickly followed by the evening activity of photo orienteering.
A brilliant day despite the weather – I am really proud of how the children are working together across the both schools and trying new things.
Tomorrow includes caving for Groups 1 and 2 and high ropes for the rest – let’s see what we can achieve tomorrow.
The coach journey was fairly quick as the traffic seemed to be on our side – our only challenge was the coach was very warm and we all had to take several layers of clothes off (within reason!)
Once we had arrived at Woodlands, we were all shown our rooms and given a guided tour of the house and grounds to get us prepared. It was then time for a well needed lunch of pizza and the famous Woodland’s flapjack (my personal favourite).
The afternoon included choosing our lunches for the remainder of the week and then working in our activity groups to complete several different problem solving activities. I must say the groups I saw were certainly developing a better team spirit and keen for all the group to be able to get on with the task. We just need to work on the listening skills.
Fish and chips was our dinner choice this evening, which seemed to be enjoyed by all.
Our final activity of the day was a night walk through the woods, which was great and a challenge to keep our torches off when asked to do so.
I write this as most of them are now just about asleep, maybe I hear a footstep above my head.
A great start to the week, tomorrow canoeing for 2 groups and high ropes for the others – can’t wait for the fun to start!