Each year, early in the Autumn term, pupils in Year 6 have an opportunity to go on a five day activity packed residential. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to bond with the Year 6 staff and build strong trust relationships ready for the important academic year ahead. It allows the staff to better support individual children as they prepare to transition to Secondary school as they get to know one another in ways they cannot do within the classroom environment. Pupils are encouraged to face their fears and usually find they are able to achieve much more than they believed they could.
Overcoming physical challenges, pushing themselves, supporting one another and seeing the power of teamwork are all fabulous lessons which will stand them in good stead for their future lives.
In 2019, Year 6 headed to Condover Hall Adventure Centre in Shropshire. Here are some of their thoughts and photos...
The five days away on was full of challenge, adventure, excitement, triumph and the overcoming of fear. The Shropshire countryside was breathtaking. We hiked, climbed, scrambled, crawled, canoed and abseiled. Every child challenged themselves to do more than they thought they could – whether that be climbing a little higher than they were comfortable with, trusting a rope to hold them despite the nerves, relying on a classmate for help, packing a suitcase for themselves, being away home for the first time or continuing to be a team player at the end of an extremely long and tiring day.
Here are some individual highlights from some of the children:
"We were never bored, it was all fun. I especially liked the Trapeze where you had to climb up the pole and then jump into the air to grab the hanger. It was two at a time and you had to jump together and catch it with one hand"
"I really liked it when people conquered their fears like heights or tunnelling".
"The raft building was great when we had to work together as a team".
"I really liked being in the room with different people from the other class. You got to know them better".
"I really liked it when we had our free time together and we played games, like cards".
"My best memory was around the camp fire where we sang lots of songs and Mr Hall tried to floss".