Year 6 had a super trip to Wales. Here are some of the highlights
Class 6 had a super time in Wales a couple of weeks ago. This film was produced as part of Class 6's assembly on the topic. Our thanks to Sir John Cass's Foundation who generously support this visit each year.
Class 5 have arrived safely at Paddington Station and are on the train to Cardiff. We'll keep you updated on this blog and on Twitter throughout the week.
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We've just had an update from the team at Kench Hill. Everyone is having a great time. This morning activities have included orienteering and bread making. Later the children are going on a stream walk followed by a night walk and then finally they'll be writing postcards home.
So far we have been swimming and then in the evening we have enjoyed some traditional activities- weaving, drawing, sewing. This morning we fed the chickens and enjoyed a day of other activities.
We had a super day at the Tower Hamlets cross country race at Victoria park.
Over 500 children took part. Yearr 3 won 3rd and 7th place in the boys and girls 800m. Year 5 won 17th and 25th place in the Year 5 1500m race.
In each race there was over 50 children competing!
Our visit to the Hampshire Cass Mountain Centre is a new venture for us this year. We've had an established trip in Class 6 for many years to Aberdovey in Wales. This year we thought we'd try something different.
Sir John Cass's Foundation have entered into a five year partnership, whereby students from any of the Cass Institutions can participate in outdoor activities at the Centre.
I visited the children and staff today and the quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. I accompanied a group for the day. In the morning we went pony trekking and in the afternoon we went on a waterfall adventure. Our children were bursting with excitement about their achievements over the last few days. And some incredible experiences they've had too! This is no ordinary Centre where you get a sanitised version of outdoor education. It offers safe, yet truly challenging and exceptionally rewarding outdoor education.
Two things will stick with me from today.
The first is about high expectations. I didn't expect to be sliding on my bottom down a river, climbing under a waterfall or hoisting myself up onto rock formations about 20 minutes after we got to our destination. The instructors expect much from the children. And our children sure do rise to the challenge! Our children were able to push at the boundaries of their comfort zone- to truly learn new things and new ways of interacting with each other.
The second is about opportunity. I tell the children that the grasping hand holding onto the fish at the top of our crest (Sir John's own coat of arms) reminds us to seize every opportunity; grasp the chance of new learning, and relish new experiences. Any parent at home this week missing their ten or eleven year old would be very proud of them doing just that- making the most out of their excellent visit to the Hamshire Cass Mountain Centre!
A note on photos: We've noticed that we need a better balance to our photos. Don't worry about this, When publishing this post I've only had access to some of the files. The Centre has a waterproof camera with each group and the leader takes photos of all the activities. We will have many more to share when the children return on Friday.
After a hearty breakfast everyone in Class 6 went canoeing today. We only got a couple of photos because we couldn't take the camera onto the water! Everyone slept well last night and are looking forward to the evening meal tonight! More updates soon.
Class 2 enjoyed a super trip on an open top bus this week and found out about all the major sites around London. After the trip children researched different buildings and even built models of their favourite ones for homework.
We have a new residential trip in Year 6 this year. Here are some of the slides from the presentation this week. If you have any questions about this new residential, don't hesitate to get in touch.
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