Tuesday 3rd October

The children and staff were in very good spirits this morning and by the time the coach drivers had managed to squeeze out of the gates, our intrepid explorers departed just after 9.45am.

Thank you to the parents who helped us load the bags onto the coaches. It made the job very easy!

The journey to Liddington takes approximately an hour (traffic permitting) and a parent mail will be sent confirming safe arrival.

More news later.

Everyone still in good spirits upon arrival at the centre. As always, the teachers and coach drivers were very impressed with the behaviour of the children during the journey - a great start to the Lidddington residential. Well done Year 6!
 
There was a lot of excitement about rooms and all bags are now safely stowed. As you can see from the photos, the site has excellent facilities. Once rooms were sorted and bags deposited, the children were off outside for a packed lunch. Already the boys are out in front for 'Tidiest Room Award'!
 
This afternoon each group will be involved in two activities from the following list - Sensory Trail; Giant Swing; Challenge Course and Survivor.
 
More news this evening.
6.43 pm
A busy but very enjoyable afternoon as you can see from the photos. The children have had lots of fun and excelled at teamwork. Here is just a flavour of what they've been up to:
 
Survivor - an activity where the children find out if they have what it takes to survive and learn skills to stay warm and dry when all they have is what they can forage for in the woods. Each team must plan their camp, taking into account the prevailing weather and then share out tasks to get the shelter built before time runs out...
 
Challenge Course - a mind boggling range of obstacles to climb over, crawl under and balance on. Sometimes muddy, sometimes wet, always challenging.
 
Giant Swing - harnessed into a two seater swing which the rest of the group haul up to 10m high. It is up to each pair of passengers as to how high they want to go before pulling the release cord and hurtling down towards the ground, before swinging up again towards the sky. This activity is described as breath-taking!
 
Sensory Trail - here the children must follow the rope to see what surprises await. Blindfolded for this activity, they rely on all of their other senses to work out exactly what is happening.
 
More news later.

9.15pm

The weather today was perfect - sunny and bright but not too warm for the children completing their activities. The evening was much cooler and after a hearty dinner, Year 6 kept warm playing Capture the Flag. 

The children spent the evening playing Capture the Flag and had great fun. For those of you who are unsure of what is involved .......

The space is divided into three areas, with two teams separated by a neutral space. Each team must hide their flag somewhere in their area, making sure that nobody from the opposing team can see where it is.  To win the game a team must capture the opponent’s flag, bringing it back to their own territory.

If caught in enemy territory, a player is taken straight to jail. Players can be rescued by one of their own team members but there is no limit as to how many times a player can be thrown back into jail.  

The children are now in their rooms, tucked up in bed with lights out. 

More news tomorrow.