The Year 3 children were full of excitement as they turned up to School on Thursday morning, ready for adventure and their residential trip. It was a cold but dry morning and, on arrival at Oaker Wood, the children couldn’t wait to find out what groups they were in and to explore their pods!
Once they had overcome the excitement, the children ventured into the woods to do their first activity, “Woodland Krypton”. They worked together superbly, encouraging each other to overcome the obstacles and tasks put before them. Competitive spirits were on show during giant Connect4 and the jigsaw!
After a much-needed lunch of hot dogs and fruit, the children worked in teams to make pizzas from scratch, taking it in turns to follow the instructions for making the dough, then adding their toppings. Mark and Brody were excellent sports as they donned their chef hats, unaware that they had been filled with flour! Well done boys, what superb senses of humour you had!
Whilst the dough was proving, the children had a great time making dens in the woods. Were their dens earthquake proof and bear proof?! It was a close call, but one team pipped the other to a win with only one point in it. After den building, the children ate their pizzas, which turned out to be scrumptious! The children couldn’t believe that they were having a second lunch and that tea was yet to come!
The final activity of the day was “Catch the Flag”. Again, the children collaborated well in the teams, with a lot of healthy competition on show. After dinner, there was much exploring and football playing before toasting marshmallows on the fire, in readiness for bedtime. The children (eventually) went to sleep, after a fun-filled day!
The next morning, an early start and a large breakfast prepared everyone for the ‘Low Ropes’ activities. Again, there was some super teamwork and collaboration on show as the teams helped each other navigate some tricky woodland obstacle courses.
After lunch, the final activities of the day were the ‘High Ropes’ activities. The children had the chance to climb a very large tree, zoom down a zipwire and attempt a ‘crate-stacking’ challenge. Many children overcame their fears and they all showed excellent growth mindsets. By the end of the day all the children were suitably tired and ready for the minibus journey home.
Many thanks to Oaker Wood for providing a fabulous residential, with excellent challenges, experiences and lots of memories made.