Welcome to Year 6
Here you can find out about all we will be doing this term.
Knapp House Recounts 2017
Year 6 have written some wonderful recounts about their residential trip to Knapp House in Devon.
Please click on the child's name to read their work.
Please feel free to come into our class to read some of the other recounts that are in the children's literacy books.
Thursday 29th June
Today has seen a slight reprieve from the rain. Twenty eight tired children emerged from their rooms at the start of the day and headed to the dining hall for breakfast. After a hearty meal, the children headed up to the meeting point to start their morning session.
Half the children heading to the crate stacking area. After setting themselves a target of how high they wanted to get, they set about getting as high as they could. There were lots of squeals as the crates went higher and the children grabbed hold of each other even tighter. The best part was watching their faces as the crates collapsed and they were left dangling in the air. Later the group went off to the tunnelling. Every single child faced the challenge square on and went underground, the instructors were very impressed.
The other half went off to be hoisted into a tree. It required lots of strength, trust and team work to ensure every child made it to the top of the tree. Once at the top, the only way down was to abseil, using the skills they had learnt in the previous session. The children also had the challenge of traversing the pond via two ropes. Intense concentration was needed to get across safely and this was severely tested when a group of ducklings came underneath the ropes and were apparently the cutest thing ever!
After lunch we all headed off to Westward Ho! for surfing. After a quick run around on the beach to warm up and some instruction on how to body board and surf, the children headed into the water. The conditions were perfect, allowing all the children to have lads of fun. Even though it was cold, the smiles on the faces were fantastic and we even had a few children manage to stand up on the surf boards.
Dinner was well needed after all the activity and then Mrs Corke sprang into action as hairdresser extraordinaire. With the girls hair sorted and the disco outfits on, we were ready to tackle the disco. That is after the rooms are tidied and cleared in preparation for leaving tomorrow. Just one activity left, the week has absolutely flown past.
See you all tomorrow. We will send a message when we are about half an hour away. We are aiming for a return of about 6pm.
Wednesday 28th June
Today it has rained, it has rained and then it has rained some more! Despite this, we (well the children) caught an amazing amount of crabs and they were very impressed with their haul. According to tradition, they were all named with imaginative names like Dave, Geoffrey and Barney. Whilst crabbing, small groups of children went off for the boat ride of their lives, speeding across the water at ridiculous speeds. This was deemed awesome by many of the children.
After a break for lunch and to dry off, one half went off for their coastal walk whilst the others set about tackling the abseil and climbing tower. At this point, I have to say how impressed I have been with all your children. As the rain continued to fall, not once did the children complain or moan about being wet or cold. On the contrary they continued to support each other, cheer each other on and impress the instructors. A very proud moment.
This evening we have been pedal carting. Four teams racing around a course trying to avoid obstacles and each other. It was a real insight into their driving skills for the future and whilst some children excelled, others made me slightly worried at being on the roads in 6 years’ time when these children will have licences.
Finally the children have a chance to dry out properly and get warm. We are now praying to the sun gods that we get dry weather tomorrow but it is not looking good. Sorry there have been very few pictures, but for some reasons the images will not compress so they are small enough to be uploaded to the website. Don’t worry there will be plenty of photos for you to see when the children return.
Apologies for this not being posted last night. Due to the weather there was no internet connection at all. Hopefully tonight will be better. At least for now it is not raining!!!
Tuesday 27th June
Well the sleep gods were listening and your children slept brilliantly. In fact, we had to wake them up in the morning, unheard of for me in over 20 years of school journeys.
The day started for two groups in the swimming pool where, sitting on the side of the pool they perfected their paddling skills ready for the lake later in the day. There were six different strokes to master and with great leadership skills shown the groups were able to show that they could paddle in time with each other. This did not quite translate when they took this practice from the side of the pool to sitting in dinghies. Trying to paddle down the pool in straight lines … was not quite as easy as they thought but extremely amusing to watch. We did master the art of going round in circles though!
The other two groups started the day with tunnelling and crate stacking. A few intrepid explorers braved the underground tunnels while others were content to try out the tunnels on the ground and support the others as they made their way through the tunnels. Next the challenge was how high we could they go as they stacked crates higher and higher. The problem was the higher they went, the wobblier they got and the only way to survive was to hang on tight. Eventually though, the crates crumbled and the children were left dangling in the air until safely lowered to the ground.
After lunch we all went off to the lake for canoeing. After a short coach trip we were met at our destination by a herd of very inquisitive cows. They were very interested indeed and took a lot of persuasion to move out of the way. Once at the lake, half the children went on the dragon boat whilst the other half went on the blue inflatable dinghy. All their hard work at the pool paid off and they did manage to get the boats to go in a straight line! At the end the majority of the children decided the best way to finish the activity was to jump into the water, so several soggy children returned to Knapp House for dinner.
Following dinner, it was ringo riding and low ropes, with each group telling the other what the activity was like, having completed them on the previous day. The only slight problem was the weather, the dreaded rain arrived. Not so much of a problem for the ringo riders but the low ropes course became extra challenging. The children coped brilliantly and showed excellent team work. On the ringo rides, all the children managed to stay on but poor Mr Smith ended up in the water.
So now we settle down for our second evening. I have a feeling we will have another good evening as we have some very tired children after such a full on day.
Monday 26th June
Well it is almost the end of our first day, but we may be being a little optimistic that they will all go to bed early!!! We arrived safely at around 1.30pm and after dropping off our cases and being taken on a tour, we all met to start our first activity.
Two groups set off on their coastal walk. They began by creating sand masterpieces and then set off to explore the rock pools. Your children decided the best way to do this was to immerse themselves completely in the rock pools, hence 14 soggy wet children returned triumphant after spotting crabs, anemones, jellyfish and periwinkles.
The other two groups went to complete the canoe drill. Into the swimming pool they went and learnt how to use the paddles accurately and what to do if they capsize. After plenty of practise (not always taking the most direct route!) the children began to get the hang of it.
Dinner was very welcomed when it arrived as we were all very hungry. Lasagne, sausage casserole or ratatouille were the main choices with many other extras on the side.
After dinner, two groups tackled the low ropes and two groups went on the ringo ride (Miss Webster’s favourite). There was some great team work on the rope course, with children supporting each other brilliantly. The children on the ringo ride all had great fun and everyone managed to stay on!
So now we sit and wait and pray to the sleep gods that the children all settle down quickly and we all get a good night sleep ready for the fun tomorrow. Wish us luck!
(Hopefully we will add some photos tomorrow but we are struggling with the internet currently)