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Welcome to our Kingswood blog!

 

Year 6 are on their residential trip to the Kingswood Centre in West Runton.

 

Read about what they do and the laughs they have as well as the lack of sleep we get!

 

from Mr Vale-Smith and Mrs Sandford.

By nicholaking, Jun 13 2017 07:18PM

Have we only been away for a couple of days? It seems like a week! Another fun-packed, adrenaline-filled day to discuss and chew over. The children have been fantastic and have all challenged themselves in all areas - whether it is abseiling from 40 metres high or simply organising their clothes for the day!


The day started early with many of the boys wide awake at 5.30am sharp. Believe me, I was not overly impressed when I heard a sharp knock at the door asking "can we go to breakfast now?" I reminded the boys of the importance of telling the time (very politely of course) and hustled them back to bed for a further hour until Mrs Sandford and I could function with a strong cup of coffee or two.


The first activities were abseiling and team challenge. Abseiling was a real hit with the children. Mrs Sandford and I were impressed with how brave all the children were. I was particularly pleased with how some of the children persevered and pushed themselves to have a go. We have some great photos which we will share with you all when we get back. I think Caris should be a stunt person in the future - she has no fear!


The team challenge was great fun and involved the two groups carrying out various team building exercises such as climbing over obstacles, crossing a giant spider web, traversing a lava pit and balancing on a large balance beam. On all these exercises, it became very clear that we have some great leaders, logical thinkers and amazing athletes in our class. I was stunned when I saw Tess and Henry vault the climbing wall with ease. This was particularly embarrassing when both Mrs Sandford and I had to be man-handled over the wall without any dignity at all.


After lunch came caving and shelter building. Caving can be quite a scary activity, but the whole class really enjoyed it apart from having to crawl through puddles in the pitch black. Suffice it to say, Mrs Sandford and I weren't big fans. In shelter building, Sarah and Cam MS showed their Scout skills and built a superb wig-wam shelter which I'm sure could withstand any earthquake. Callum W, Callum Dev and Andrew seemed to have a different interpretation into what a shelter was, and proceeded in making a hammock 6 feet up a tree. It was an interesting and bizarre idea but worked - I have photographic proof!


This afternoon involved us all going to the beautiful beach for a couple of hours where we explored rock pools for crabs, played cricket and built sand castles. We even had time to buy an ice cream.


As I write, the children are busy orienteering with Mrs Sandford and Harry (our group leader). The weather has been great and we're all having a lovely time. Later tonight its campfire and then hot chocolate. The children are starting to look tired, but all have huge smiles.


We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow and can't wait to share our stories with you.


Much love,


Matt, Jo and the Year 6 Massiv x


By guest, Jul 22 2011 12:13PM

Monday 12th June


Wow! What a busy first day! The coach journey was fine without anyone (including Mrs Sandford) feeling travel sick. We were greeted at Kingswood by Harry - who is our group leader. The children immediately liked him and we were quickly shown around the site and our home for the next few days. The girls are very pleased as they are all sharing a large bedroom. Within minutes they had organised themselves and made their beds. The boys on the other hand, found the concept of making their own bed very challenging! Daniel and Harry in particular found the whole ordeal very taxing! I also have no idea how a bedroom can descend into chaos within minutes - I think they'll have their work cut out when it comes to room inspection in the morning!


After settling in, we all had our packed lunch overlooking the beach. The site has wonderful views and is very impressive with plenty of space to explore. Our first activities included climbing. The children loved this and quickly overcame their fears. Some of the girls managed to reach the top in no time! Mrs Sandford was also able to get at least 4 feet off the ground - beating last year's record!


We all loved aeroball which was a strange combination of basketball and trampolining. Josh R was a natural and a sure future aeroball star! The day whizzed by and soon it was dinner time. The children had a choice of chicken or lasagne and garlic bread. Huge helpings were given - they certainly feed you up here! Just before bed we carried out a hilarious activity called nightline - the children were blindfolded and guided through an obstacle course.


We are all looking forward to tomorrow where we will be going to the beach, abseiling, caving and orienteering. I have just checked in on the girls and they are busy doing hair and makeup. The boys seem to be getting a second wind, so wish me luck - I think its going to be a long night!


Matt, Mrs Sandford and the Year 6 massive x



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