Last week our Year Five pupils spent four days at Dukes Barn in the lovely village of Beeley, Derbyshire. It was the first time in over two years that this group of children had been away on an overnight school trip. On the morning they departed from the school, spirits were high as the pupils and staff prepared to set forth. There was chance for a quick photo before Mrs Phillips waved the party off. If any nerves existed, they quickly disappeared as the bus pulled out of King’s Hawford and headed for the motorway.
Over the course of the four day trip the pupils fulfilled many aspects of the PE curriculum’s Outdoor Education programme. It was wonderful to see all of the children keen to participate in all of the activities. Activities included abseiling off a 75ft viaduct, weaselling on Higger Tor, stream scrambling, caving, canoeing on the Chesterfield canal and indoor climbing. The residential trip further reinforced the bonds between Year 5 and seeing them all work so well together made the staff members present very proud. Watching the children tackle a teambuilding rope course proved a highlight for Mrs Redman, Mr Hodgkins and Mrs Marshall-Walker. A night walk on Stanage Moor proved a popular activity with some of the children.
Over the course of the four days the children were challenged mentally and physically, with some of the activities pushing them out of their comfort zones. For many this was the first time that they had been away from their parents for a while. The children definitely picked up some new skills that we hope they are demonstrating at home…..They were responsible for working together to keep their dorm tidy, laying and clearing tables in the dining room and their own organisational skills for activities.
Upon returning to school with a bus full of tired but exhilarated Year 5 pupils Mrs Redman said, “The children were absolutely amazing and demonstrated resilience and a determination to cope with the different scenarios that were thrown at them.”
Well done Year 5!