King's St Alban's

6 May

Year 3 Trip to Oaker Wood

Year 3 were full of excitement as they turned up to school on Thursday morning dragging their luggage behind them.  It was a beautiful morning but the rain greeted us when we reached Oaker Wood.   However, this didn’t dampen the children’s spirits and they couldn’t wait to find out what groups they were in and explore their pods (they had too many activities to explore first, so they had to wait until lunchtime to find out!).

The first activity was the low ropes ‘Borneo’ assault course and the children worked superbly, encouraging each other to overcome the obstacles and working in teams to overcome the challenges put before them.  The Woodland Krypton also seemed to prove a favourite, despite the rain!

After a much needed lunch of hot dogs, the children made pizzas from scratch, taking it in turns to follow the instructions for making the pizza dough then adding their toppings (this also proved a firm favourite with the teachers!).

Whilst the dough was proving, the children had a great time making dens in the woods, attempting to make them bear proof and waterproof and overcoming the challenge of carrying large logs without bashing each other!

The day’s activities ended with a fantastic tea of Bolognese, garlic bread and ice lollies.

The children then gathered around the fire to enjoy toasted marshmallows before cleaning their teeth and (hopefully) getting a good night’s sleep!

On the final day the children (and teachers) faced the high ropes challenges.  Growth mindset played a huge part in many children overcoming their fears and the challenges included the monkey climb (climbing a very tall tree), a crate stacking challenge in pairs and the zip wire.

After lunch, our adventures ended with a game of catch the flag and the children were then exhausted and ready for the journey home!

We all had a fantastic time at Oaker Wood and the children demonstrated super resilience, independence (on the most part) and most definitely, curiosity!