Wednesday 1st March 2017

Thankfully, today, the sun has been shining. After breakfast, we headed out of the valley and towards Welshpool. On the coach, Mrs Poole was in charge of the singing. 'Wheels on the bus' was the song of the moment. You can take the Early Years teacher out of the classroom but she will always be an Early Years teacher. 

 

After our beautiful singing we arrived at our location near Pool Quay. Half of the group went Caving and half of the group went rock climbing and abseiling.

Group 1: After spotting a Royal Mail van and singing 'Postman Pat' and 'We're going on a Cave hunt' whilst crossing the golf course, we hit the cave!!! All the children went into the cave and explored the passages.  

 

Group 2: Whilst one group was exploring the caves, finding new wildlife (including a sleeping bat), the other group was climbing and abseiling real rock faces.  

 

Real achievements have been made by all our children. They have encouraged each other and challenged themselves (and the teachers). The staff at Red Ridge are very impressed with our children's new found ability to adapt, listen and follow instructions. The children are now warm due to the staff members' wardrobe. 

 

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Day Two Year 6

Day two began with snow, but that didn't dampen the children's spirits. After a cooked breakfast, the children had a short kayaking lesson in the dining room. We were asked to wrap up very warm and were all kitted out with waterproof jackets and trousers. They battled against the sleet, snow and heavy winds getting up to the lake for a morning Kayaying.  Despite the weather conditions, the children loved being on the water.

Mrs Poole and Mrs Bennett are so proud of all of year six today. Each and every child has achieved a personal accomplishment over the past two days. They have all worked beautifully as a team helping each other overcome their fears and aversions, despite the weather conditions.

 

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Day Two Year 6

Day two began with snow, but that didn't dampen the children's spirits. After a cooked breakfast, the children had a short kayaking lesson in the dining room. We were asked to wrap up very warm and were all kitted out with waterproof jackets and trousers. They battled against the sleet, snow and heavy winds getting up to the lake for a morning Kayaying.  Despite the weather conditions, the children loved being on the water.

Mrs Poole and Mrs Bennett are so proud of all of year six today. Each and every child has achieved a personal accomplishment over the past two days. They have all worked beautifully as a team helping each other overcome their fears and adversions, despite the severe weather conditions.

 

 

Year 5 Tussling Tuesday

After a hearty breakfast we headed out to the climbing area. Snow and sleet started our day,  giving way to heavy rain and gusty winds. Some children excelled with certain climbing frames and some overcame their fears of heights and managed to conquer the highest climbing pole. Unfortunately our afternoon of kayaking was cut short due to a visit from Storm Ewan !!!!  Not many photos for us today. Hot chocolate and warm showers were the safe option.

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To finish the evening off, Year 5 went into the artificial caving section. This time though they went through the tunnels in complete darkness in readiness for our exciting day offsite tomorrow for both classes, where we will be abseiling and caving. Can't wait!!!!

 

Year 5 Monday

Wow!!!! What an amazing start to our adventure! We arrived in the snow and it continued throughout the afternoon into the evening. We started by having our lunch and sorting out the dormitories. Off outside to the achery. Some amazing archers in year 5. Changing over after 2 hours to the artificial caving. Have a look at the photos and enjoy.

 

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To finish the day, both Year 5 and Year 6 went on an evening hike in the snow. Through worsening weather we trudged across the Welsh hills. The children were amazing, jumping over the streams and pot holes (up to their waists if they fell in). The walk took us over stiles and through deserted farms. We arrived back for 10 o'clock, very weary and tired, but an exhilarating walk was had by all and a few full wellingtons. 

Day One Red Ridge

We arrived safe and sound about 12.30pm. The children all helped us to unload the coach and get ready for the adventure that was awaiting.

Year Six started off in the artificial caves. This comprised of an indoor, manmade caving system under the games room. The children had to crawl through tubes, up and over bars and around the obstacles in their way. They tried this with the lights on and soon they were more confident and the lights were turned off. 

Our next task was Archery, this was outside with a few snow showers thrown in. We had some really good archers in Year Six that earned extra house points by hitting the yellow inner target.

By 5.30pm, everyone was ready for a nice hot dinner. This evening's adventure entailed a lovely night hike until 10pm in the snow showers. We had a few moans and groans but the children loved it.

Tomorrow we are Kayaking and using the climbing frames which does include a zipwire which they are all excited about.

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