07/06/2019 at 15:28
We’re back from residential and I have been really impressed with how well the children have worked since coming back.
I have been very impressed with the application and work of the children today. We have been doing some recount writing based on the experiences had on residential. Children were challenged to use a range of sentence types and Year 6-level punctuation. Some of their entries can be found below.
What an incredible residential! Everything we did was amazing and fun. However, my favourite activity had to be Via Ferrata. The combination of excitement and nerves made for an awesome adventure!
For Via Ferrata, we needed various equipment: carabiners (safety clips), a harness, a helmet, a pair of sturdy trainers and waterproofs. Before you did the actual climbing, you had to complete a practice course, which wasn’t very interesting. I felt really excited, albeit nervous. I also got a little bored waiting for everyone else to hurry up and finish!
Because we reached the extra part, my group was really lucky. No other groups were allowed! I went first and completed the whole course! When I was halfway across one section, I looked down and saw the gorge spread out below. It was exhilarating! The high-up, steel wire above the gorge which wobbled every time I moved was the only thing my feet had to hold onto! It was terrifyingly amazing.
Earlier on during the Via Ferrata, Mrs Elam screamed really loudly in Husna’s ear – Husna couldn’t hear anything for the rest of the scramble! It was really funny and made everyone laugh!
To finish the activity, I had to run and jump off a ledge, then pull myself along a wire. It was so scary but so fun! When I came down, we took lots of photos, which I didn’t appreciate! I was really proud of myself for finishing and going first!
Overall, I found residential amazingly fun and exciting (and cold!). My advice to future Year 6s would be close the tent and don’t wear wet shoes into the tent! It generally doesn’t end well!
What a fantastic residential that was! My favourite activity would have to be abseiling – it was so thrilling.
We needed lots of safety equipment: a harness, durable ropes, carabiner clips and a helmet. To be able to lower ourselves down, we had to sit back in our harness and swing ourselves off the edge of the bridge. This was the only part I found scary; it was so high up! The fast-flowing gorge below the bridge which had lots of slippery rocks was very cold to land in. Although the exhilarating journey down was over in about 10 seconds, I still had an amazing time! I was sitting on the ledge at the bottom of the gorge watching everyone else come down and it was hilarious; Mr Garlick came down sideways and fell over when he landed! As other people had to use the ropes and clips to come down, we all had to stand like a lemon whilst the instructer unclipped us.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole residential and every activity we did! My advice to current Year 5s would be to always shut the zip on your tent – everything will get wet otherwise.
We have also done some geographical work based on the Women’s World Cup. Children were challenged to find each of the 24 countries in an atlas and locate them on a blank world map. Each child has randomly chosen a team to follow as well. England’s first game is against Scotland on Sunday at 5pm. COME ON LIONESSES!!!
05/06/2019 at 23:26
After a good night’s sleep, we had three quick activities in the morning in place of the planned canoeing due to wind speed.
Children spent 30-40 minutes on an orienteering activity and then spent a similar amount of time working together on a climb and a short bit of caving. The caving included a very tight crawl that was too much for some but lots of children managed it. Have a look at the video below to see why some children found it a step too far…
This was a terrific group who really tried hard and were impressively brave and courageous. They were good humoured and excellent company. They can all be proud of their many achievements. They were supportive of each other and any teasing (as seen in the caving video below) was gentle and affectionate.
We hope that the children bought all their belongings home: we had a few soggy girls’ socks that no-one claimed that got disposed of. We did bring back what looked like brand new, unworn H&M swimming shorts and gloves that none of the boys claimed to know anything about… We hope you have found their bags of soggy, dirty clothes and that they weren’t too smelly!
A quick bit of climbing
A very small cave right next to our camp (poor Ryan: at least he was brave enough to do it!)
Many thanks to Mr Garlick, Mrs Barraclough and Mrs Elam for coming along and supporting the children so well.
04/06/2019 at 19:31
It is pouring down as I write this blog (about 6-7pm) but the weather has been ok most of the day. We didn’t go canoeing which meant two groups doubled up which slowed things down a little but overall it has been another terrific day.
The children generally slept well and 3 of the 4 tents were quiet by midnight. The same dubious tent was awake again shortly after 5… Most children, however, seemed to have a good night’s sleep; the boys were excellent. Not a bad group at all.
All the children have done via ferrata (traversing along a cable) today in the gorge and caving at Manchester Hole a couple of miles from How Stean. They have all done very well! Lots of children have overcome fears. Sadly, only one group got the chance to do the most challenging parts of the via ferrata course.
Food has been excellent and the children are eating well. Everyone seems happy and healthy. The leaders – Libby, Adam and Adam – have been super. This afternoon we had a visit from the Leeds City Council H&S advisor and he came on the via ferrata course with us; he is a big supporter of our school’s Outdoor and Adventurous Activities curriculum.
This evening the children are making fire with Adam and Libby (under a canopy), watching a bit of a film and later we are having a bit of a party to mark Eid with our Muslim children.
Tomorrow we may have a walk rather than canoeing as the wind is forecast to be quite high around here (but dry). We will be back in Leeds mid afternoon and we will see you at the usual home time.
Again, sorry if your child isn’t in the photos or video: it’s hard to manage – especially in the dark or wet – and we have had two cameras develop faults! The videos are rather rushed!
03/06/2019 at 20:25
We have had a very successful and happy day. The children have risen to the challenges and we are proud of them all.
We spent an hour at Coldstones Cut above Pateley Bridge. We battled high winds to reach the top and admire the clear view of the quarry and the wide and wonderful North Yorkshire surroundings.
We got to How Stean Gorge at 12 noon. The tents are all set up for us and the sun shone. It is due to rain and be windy tomorrow and our itinerary may change: shouldn’t affect the via ferrata too much as the gorge provides some shelter. I doubt that we’ll do canoeing.
After unloading, getting into our tents and eating lunch we had our first activities: abseiling and gorge scrambling! Conditions were perfect. Almost everybody abseiled into the gorge: some seemed to want their money’s worth and went very slowly (Heather and Summer) but others were down in just a few seconds (Manroop, Evie, Yusuf). Yusuf shouted out like Tarzan throughout his descent! Everyone was very supportive of each other. Everyone did the gorge scrambling and there was much laughter and hilarity. Ollie W led his group through a cave and most children did high jumps from a ledge.
This evening the children have had some free time and have had a lovely evening walk up to Middlemoor.
Sorry the videos are mainly one group of children: it’s hard to share a Go Pro down a gorge and our other camera has failed (hence the poor still photos). Sorry!
17/05/2019 at 16:44
We are so proud of how well all of the Year 6 children have worked this week! They kept going when things were challenging and really took it as an opportunity to show off what they can do.
We finished the week with a great party day! This morning, we enjoyed the classrooms being turned into cinemas, complete with popcorn and treats. This afternoon, everyone had a lovely time playing outside in our beautiful school grounds!
We hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
17/05/2019 at 14:26
A wonderful, positive week in 6S – well done everyone!
All Year 6 children approached their SATs tests positively and were determined to be the best that they could be. All the staff are proud of how hard the children worked and just as we wrote to the children last week, SATs only measure a small part of a child – they do not measure how talented, how kind or how funny they are.
Between SATs papers, children have been staying relaxed with extra playtimes, relaxed revision sessions and games of Danish rounders. It has been especially pleasing to see how well the children have worked and played together this week. Here’s to a very enjoyable (and lots of hard work!) end to the year.
Well done all Year 6!