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School Journey Updates
Monday 1pm – Year 5 have safely arrived at the Gordon Brown Centre!
Monday 5.30pm- Everyone has had a great first day. We’ve been orienteering in the heat this afternoon to get ourselves familiar with the site.
Lunch was a success. Everyone ate everything! Tomorrow is a ‘survival’ themed day. Shelter building, fires and (popcorn) cooking and a night walk through the forest at the end of the day.
Monday 8pm- We had a great camp fire last night. We told scary stories and had hot chocolate as the sun went down and a beautiful full moon came out. Everyone’s happy in their tents and slept well.
Tuesday 9am- Year 5 are a very happy bunch this morning! There is no homesickness and they have had a lovely breakfast this morning, ready to take on the day! Happy birthday Amani!
Tuesday 11am- When the shelters are built we are going to test them with huge water pistols. The idea is that each group sits inside their tent while the adults poor water in. The driest children at the end of the tests are the winners!
All the photos in the shelters were when Joe, the instructor, was spraying water in as a check of the shelter’s waterproofing.
Lots of screaming and laughing!
Tuesday 4.30pm- This afternoon we spent a lot of time in the shade thank goodness. It’s roasting here!
After a lovely curry and rice dinner, we headed in to the woods to collect firewood. After that we learnt how to built a small fire so that we could cook our popcorn. Even those who said they didn’t like popcorn loved it!
It’s free time now, then dinner and then the midnight forest walk later. They’ll sleep well tonight.
Tuesday 7.30pm- We’ve eaten virtually every meal outdoors. Such a lovely experience for them all. There was also a surprise birthday cake for Amani.
Wednesday 9am- Today, the children are doing lots of physical activity. There are two army style assault courses here. The children have to work together to negotiate the obstacles and get to the finish. They’re up against the clock too so teamwork is the key.
Everyone slept well. We were very late to bed after the night walk…but Rickson still had the energy for a 7am game of football. Another beautiful day.
Wednesday 3pm- The children had an amazing time tackling the assault course!
Wednesday 9pm- Another evening round the campfire with hot chocolate, singing and our favourite storyteller Mark telling us another brilliant bedtime story.
Thursday 10am- Off for a walk! We walked to Odiham castle, a Norman ruin, and across a huge field of wheat. Back in time for lunch and off to the climbing wall this afternoon.
Our theme this term is Sound and Fury
‘Double, double, toil and trouble / Fire burn and cauldron bubble…’
This term, Year 5 are immersing themselves in a world of hideous witches, noble kings, brave knights and treacherous deeds as we study Shakespeare’s Macbeth. We will have the opportunity to explore the themes of the story through our writing, through artwork including painting and clay work, and through drama.
Click here to read our termly overview for parents Summer 2 overview Year 5