King's Hawford

10 June

First Residential Experience for Y2

The excitement was palpable earlier this week as the King’s Hawford Year 2 cohort prepared for their first ever residential adventure!

As the pupils boarded our school minibuses the chatter, singing and excitement hit record heights which was a pleasure to witness. The minibuses were heading for Bishop’s Wood, a stunning ancient woodland located near Stourport-on-Severn. Home to a large pond, several outdoor learning areas and natural wood and willow sculptures, the pupils were excited for some hands-on learning about the habitats found in the woodlands. The children created some stunning Forest School scrapbooks to support their learning before playing an energetic game (or two) of Hide-and-Seek in the bracken leaves – what fun!

Pupils were in for a treat as Mr Roberts read a Roald Dahl classic, “Fantastic Mr Fox” after which they put their Forest School skills to the test whittling wands and building some outstanding dens in the woodland around them.

After the excitement of the day, and plenty of fresh air the pupils jumped back onto the minibuses for the return journey to school. Usually a more subdued journey, this was not the case as there was yet more excitement to come upon their return to King’s Hawford. A sleepover!!

Making full use of our onsite pizza oven, the pupils enjoyed making their own pizzas and cooking them (with the support of their teachers!) before gathering around a campfire and toasting marshmallows – what an adventure for this cohort of six- and seven-year-olds!

As the night drew in, pupils and staff retreated inside to watch “Paddington 2 – the movie” before their heads hit the pillow. They quickly settled down, cosily tucked up in their sleeping bags in The Barn. Before we knew it, it was morning, and the children were ready and raring to go for breakfast and a new school day.

As expected from our pupils at King’s Hawford, the pupils behaviour throughout their adventure was exemplary, well done Year 2.