KNAPP HOUSE - THURSDAY 28th JUNE
And so the start of our final full day at Knapp House dawned and the sun was shining accompanied by a slight breeze which was very much welcomed.
This morning, we prepared for boating on the lake by learning how to perform the basic paddle strokes and what to do if a person falls in. The children were very good at keeping in time with each other when they practised on dry land but what would happen when we were on the water later in the afternoon was another thing entirely.
After the instructors felt the children were ready for boating we went off and took part in some initiative exercises. These included blindfolding the children and getting one child to direct them to the same place using only claps and bangs of a drum (a bit like a shepherd at sheepdog trials!); another saw the children linking arms with rope handcuffs and then trying to get into a circle without taking them off their wrists and finally trying to get the whole team to balance on one small area without falling off. Let’s just say some groups were more successful than others!
After lunch we set off for a short journey to the lake for our boating session. There were two different boats and the children were split into two groups. After a little bit of paddling around the lake, the children then entertained themselves by jumping in the water and swimming around. Anything to cool off! A little while later it was time to swap over and repeat the whole thing all over again to lots of squeals of delight. All children all made it safely back to the water’s edge and within no time had dried out in the summer sun.
On return to Knapp House, we braced ourselves for the task of tidying rooms – I am sure you can all appreciate that we were not looking forward to this. To be fair, after a little bit of prompting and the realisation that no, Miss Webster was not going to do it, they got on with the task and everyone was happy.
Tonight was a dilemma of football or disco. Most made the decision to do a bit of both with the first half of the football starting before the disco began. At half time, it was the perfect chance to have a group photo of the children in their finest disco outfit.
Due to a delayed disco start, the ardent fans returned to watch the football hoping that England could secure a win. Unfortunately it was not to be, but that didn’t stop the children partying away at the disco for the rest of the night!
Now it is the end of the night, the children are setling down to sleep (I hope) - I, along with Mrs Holden and Mr Smith have been taught how to Floss (No, we will not be demonstrating any time soon) so we are exhausted and looking forward to a good nights sleep.
We will see you all tomorrow!
KNAPP HOUSE - WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE
Well we have made it to the half way point and time seems to be going very quickly. Today was another glorious day with the sun shining for us.
Our first activity was down on the beach, where we took part in body boarding and surfing. There was not a lot of surf due to a lack of wind, but nevertheless this did not dampen the children's enthusiasm and they ploughed into the activity with determination and gusto. The challenge was to stand on the surfboard - easier said than done. Some children managed to stand up for a little bit of time, others just kept falling in the water. Either way, they appeared to have lots of fun.
On return to the house, we showered (well some of us did!) and then had our lunch. After lunch we split into two groups with one group crate stacking and tunnelling and the other group climbing trees, Jacob's Ladder and traversing a small river. One group of girl's broke the previous record on crate stacking getting to a towering 15 crates high! It appears that girls are very good at crate stacking!
After dinner we tackled the low ropes course. This appeared to be a challenge of getting your body into the weirdest postions whilst trying to use ropes to get from the start to the finish. What seemed to happen was that the children ended up in a crumpled heap on the floor laughing hysterically. Not quite the plan but enjoyable nonetheless.
Now we are preparing for a quiet night as the children have realised why we have been going on about sleping and why it is important. They are shattered! A reminder that they need to be fresh and awake for disco night seems to have done the trick and they all settled now.
The children have continued to tackle everything thrown at them and they can all identify something they are proud of as they have overcome a fear. I am very proud of them all as the owner has come to speak to me to tell me that our children are by far the politest childen on the site! We are looking forward to tomorrow which sees us canoeing on the lake.
KNAPP HOUSE - TUESDAY 26TH JUNE
So here we are at the end of day two and what a busy day it has been. The children are in four activity groups and today we split into two groups of two. Two of the groups went crate stacking, tunnelling and then ‘ringo’ riding whilst the other two groups abseiled, climbed, were tree hoisted and traversed across water. At the end of day we joined together to go crabbing and take part in a very fast boat ride.
So far our champion crate stackers are the girls with 14 crates – they have set the target for the rest later in the week. We were also treated to a rendition of ‘I believe I can fly’ by the boys as they dangled in the air! All the children tacked the tunnels. Some were in and out like rabbits whilst others had a go, went inside and then decided that was enough of tunnelling. Either way they enjoyed the experience.
The abseilers and climbers challenged themselves. They all had a go and were proud to achieve their targets and challenged themselves to go higher. Some children found that blindfolding themselves made it easier to go higher. Personally, I think anyone that goes higher than one meter is pretty impressive.
The ringo rides brought smiles and screams of delight as the children held on tight and bounced along the waves. The water also brought a welcome relief from the heat as the children took a refreshing dip.
The crabbing saw us collectively find 14 crabs, in between a trip round the harbour in a very fast boat. Nothing like a cooling breeze at the end of the day. Before returning to Knapp House we released the crabs back into the sea and took a group photo of the children doing their best crab impression.
Now it is time for a well deserved rest and a good night’s sleep, ready for tomorrow’s fun packed day.
KNAPP HOUSE - MONDAY 25TH JUNE
Well it is almost the end of our first day at Knapp House. Well, I say end of the day but that will depend on when the children decide to go to sleep … far too excited at the moment.
It was a slow start to the day as the traffic on the roads was not kind. The children were all magnificent though and took it in their stride; only asking in the last hour ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ When we finally arrived, it was straight to the rooms to dump our bags and then off for a tour of the site before our first activity – pedal karting
Lets just say, I am glad that some of the children are not going to be on the roads soon! There were some interesting techniques being shown and some very wobbly steering. We also had the odd Stirling Moss (think I might be showing my age!). By the end of the session they had all got the hang of it though and great fun was had.
After some free time to explore and a lovely dinner of pasta bolognaise, lasagne, sausage casserole or ratatouille the children were ready for the evening activity. We travelled to Westward Ho! and took a walk along the coast, stopping to investigate rock pools. There were squeals of: I’ve found a limpet; there’s a crab and I’ve found seaweed ringing out from all directions. The coastal walk finished with a sandcastle competition. Teams of children worked furiously to make a sand creation with a tunnel. The winning castle was named The Mermaid Palace by the girls who made it.
Finally back at base and with the children showered, it was time for bed – well, we are not quite there yet but it is only 10pm so we can but hope. Fingers crossed for a quiet night, all the children are fine and enjoying themselves.
June 11th 2018
Today years 5 and 6 were delighted to welcome Ben and Hannah from Spirit of the Wild.
They came to talk about and show some of the animals that are found around the world. These included animals such as frogs, bats, scorpians and spiders that are found in the rainforests. The children were able to recall their science work on adaptation as they talked about the features of these amazing animals.