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How Stean Gorge Reflection

11/06/2016 at 19:56

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Well, what a week it has been! Exhausting and exciting in equal measures! Every one of the children that went really put themselves out of their comfort zone and took part in demanding activities. Children, and staff, overcame various fears including: heights, water, claustrophobia and falling to name but a few. They all overcame them and felt a real sense of pride and achievement, which spurred their class mates along to do more than they realised they could!

 

For me, the real joy of this residential has been the excellent mindsets demonstrated by the children and the way in which they worked together to master different activities. During the gorge walking, the children communicated praise and support during the 45 foot abseil for those that found it daunting. They  were full of support for each other during some very tricky sections of the via ferrata. One surprisingly difficult activity was the canoeing where the children had to move in straight lines; this could only be achieved by coordinating three or four people at once, more difficult than you would imagine.

 

How Stean Gorge is a place that everyone should go and visit.

 

I wonder what year 6 have learned during their residential?

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Residential Day 2

09/06/2016 at 20:46

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The breakfast service was wonderful this morning: great food, superb table manners and a class full of great citizens. Throughout the day, the children took part in several exciting activities including:

  • Via Feratta
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Caving

 

The children had this to say about their time at How Stean Gorge:

 

Faye – I didn’t want to do the abseil and via ferratta because I was scared; I did it near to the back and really enjoyed it.

 

William – I really didn’t want to do the abseiling and via feratta but I powered through and want to do it again!

 

Kyle – I really enjoyed jumping from the ledge into the water because it was fun to go under the water. I also liked the feeling of hitting the water.

 

Josh – So far this has been the best residential I have ever been on! The abseiling and canoeing have been the two best parts especially falling on.

 

Zahid – Before the abseiling, I was pretty scared that the rope might break. But it turns out that by the time I got to the bottom it was really fun and I want to do it again.

 

Jonathan – Before beginning the gorge walk, I was terrified the force of the water would be too strong for me to swim through but then when I carried on, I found that it wasn’t as much as I had built it up to be.

 

Hatti – My favourite part of the residential was when Mr Tiffany accidentally tipped the boat over while doing a forfeit in a game (whoops!) and Josh, Mr Tiffany and I were thrown into the water.

 

Emma – I loved it all but my favourite part was the gorge walking because we were jumping from high edges (7 feet) into the gorge and we had to crawl up the river; we found little Jacuzzis to chill in.

 

Mathew – My Favourite part was when we were doing the abseiling and gorge walking. I challenged myself because the abseiling looked scary and the gorge walking was so fun with Vicky. I jumped from the 7 foot jump about 4 times.

 

In the evening, the children enjoyed a campfire and, during a brief rain stoppage, some entertaining games. Did I mention a special surprise visitor?

 

Photo update:

Tony from How Stean used some pretty impressive headlights to take these photos of one group caving. They do not do the mud, challenge and tight spaces justice! Both he and I decided that being over 6ft is not ideal for caving! He said the children were the first that were able to successfully identify where in the cave they were using a diagram and their surroundings (another impressive achievement for them).

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How Stean Gorge – Day 1

09/06/2016 at 08:34

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The children arrived in high spirits and really put everything into the first activity – 45 foot bridge abseil and gorge scrambling. The instructors all commented how engaged the children were and impressive their efforts. They explored a different area of the gorge and enjoyed the combination of swimming, rock scrambling and jumping in. Everybody was really being the best they can be.

 

In the evening, they enjoyed some free time and even managed some fun! Then, they went on an evening walk around the beautiful scenery and tried various wild foods including: garlic, sorrel, fennel(?) and nettle (yes – we picked ripe leaves, folded them and consumed them whole without a sting in). The children were really brave and didn’t mind these prickly customers. They worked collaboratively to go through Thom Taylor’s cave and climb out of a more challenging exit.

 

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Gladiators!

06/06/2016 at 09:22

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Links for Gladiator lesson.

 

  1. For basic info

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/homework/romans/gladiators.html

 

  1. Dressed to kill game

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/gladiator/index_embed.shtml

 

  1. Colosseum (find out)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/animations/colosseum/index_embed.shtml

 

  1. You wouldn’t want to be a Roman Gladiator web book

http://www.salariya.com/web_books/gladiator/index.html

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Nets, Nets and More Nets!

29/05/2016 at 10:25

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This week in year 6, the children made and experimented with various types of 3D net. They were given deliberately brief instructions to allow them to make mistakes and learn from them as well as sharing successful attempts.

 

When we had discovered the key requirements, we made our success criteria and moved on to additional challenges.

 

  1. Make a cube/cuboid using squared paper to practise those key measuring, observation and checking skills.
  2. A really tricky challenge – make a precise 3d net to match with very specific criteria:
    1) Cube/cuboid with a specified base area.
    2) A pyramid with a regular base shape                                                                                                                   and isosceles triangles above.

 

Apply it into topic lessons – the children designed and made their own knucklebone sets (Roman game) to create the playing pieces using nets.

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All safely back from the night walk

24/05/2016 at 00:02

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All back safely! It’s midnight and all is quiet…. They are absolutely shattered. We have had a terrific day and dodged the weather.  The children have done really well. Caving and biking tomorrow.

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