Thanks to all Year 6s who took part, stayed to help or just spent some money to help raise money for charity on our fun night!
A HUGE well done to Year 6 for their week at Water Park!
- You achieved some amazing things
- Really pushed your confidence to do things that scared you
- Didn’t complain when being asked to do things
- Approached things with fun
- Treated the instructors with respect
Overall it has been a brilliant week and that is down to you all being a brilliant class! I was very proud indeed and you should be very proud of yourselves!
Here is our last bunch of pictures! You’ll be able to see the rest of them at school when we make our leavers books!
P.S. Don’t forget your socks for sock monkeys!
Day 4 began with some tired children sleeping until 7:30 (it was 6:15 on Monday!)
The morning activity was sailing for the pink team. After being towed half way up the lake the children learned how to set up their boats and how to sail! With this skill they navigated the lake zig-zag fashion as the wind could not make its mind up which way to blow! Most of the group rose to the challenge and kept their boats upright and sailing gracefully! The group then returned to base for a quick spot of lunch. Then after a vote, wind-surfing won as the afternoon activity. Everyone loved wind-surfing and most managed to stand up with their sails and cross the lake. A few laughs occurred when some of the group were blown into some very muddy areas!
Yellow Team’s journey day was a mountain walk. As the group have risen to every challenge set this week, they were given the new challenge of walking to the top of Scafell Pike (the highest mountain in England at a whopping 978m high!) The group were brilliant and embraced what was a very strenuous walk! Even the wind and rain didn’t darken their spirits as they headed up into the clouds and managed to reach the top! A very proud bunch of lads (with tired feet) then made their way back down the mountain to drive back to the park.
Today was the Green Team’s journey day. They sailed the whole of Coniston Lake (five and a half miles!) The girls were great and worked hard. Along the way they sang a few tunes until a huge gust of wind whipped the boats onto their sides…thankfully the girls managed to save themselves and no-one fell in the water! (Though Casey did lose a hat!) Half way they arrived at the beach and the group stopped for a picnic lunch before sailing the rest of the lake. At the end of the lake the girls departed at Coniston where they had an ice cream and watched the ducks!
Blue team began with a climb. They canoed across the lake then walked up to a crag face. Here they harnessed up ready to do some climbing. Everyone was very brave and gave it a good attempt. (Really nice to hear all of the encouraging comments too!) After lunch the group went back on the lake for a spot of sailing. The girls took to it quickly and managed to zig-zag a good way up the lake towards Peel Island were they landed on the beach. They then sailed back and packed the boats away for the last time L
Tea was roast dinner…and was delicious!
Tonight is our awards night followed by a disco in the lounge!
Day 3 has been another successful day at Water Park and the children have all enjoyed themselves! We began the day with breakfast and much more effective at making breakfast!
We began the day sailing. After being towed to the centre of the lake, the group were shown the basics and how to set up their boats. Dylan and Sheick didn’t even last the instructions before falling off the boat! Once we were all ready the group set sail across Lake Coniston, picking up some good speed along the way. Well done to Tyler, Dylan C and Kyi for manage to stay aboard without capsizing! After a few hours the group sailed back to a jetty and spent some time jumping into the lake!
In the afternoon the plan was to climb outdoors however the rain put an end to this and we ended up climbing inside. The group got to do several climbs around the room, challenging themselves to climb using the least holds possible. Finally the group were asked to do a foot free challenge as they pulled themselves across the top course of the climbing wall, some more successful than others!
Today was Pink Group’s journey day. They began the day with a drive to Cathedral Cavern. Here the group saw some volcanic rock as they made their way to the cave entrance. Inside the first cave there was a huge room held up by a single huge pillar, there from miners many years ago! Here the group stopped and had their lunch. Inside the cave was a pond with two Goldfish (the group named Romeo and Juliet). Whilst at the pond, the group played throwing stone game, Kuba was the best with his aim.
After the game and lunch, the group walked up to the top of a cliff where most got to show how brave they were by abseiling down. At the bottom was another cave but this time it had no light so the children had to walk in with candles. They learned the path as they walked through so that when they reached the end they could link hands, blow their candles out and feel their way back to the entrance.
The adults then left the group with instructions of how to get to the mini bus; they then had to do this on their own! Once at the bus, the team headed back to Water Park, stopping for an ice cream on the way!
Today was blue group’s journey day. We all began the day by going to the lake and getting into the canoe one by one to set off and start the adventure ahead of us. We all started rowing forwards and shared some tips on how to canoe between ourselves and Campbell (our instructor) also shared a few tips and we were soon canoeing like professionals! We got a few paces away from the shore but then we were all tired so we relied fully on the muscles of the teachers!
We saw a few interesting things on the way and also Campbell told us loads of facts, we saw a small house and we said random guesses on how much it sold for and Campbell said that it sold for a whopping 70,000! We travelled for a few more minutes and the stopped on peel island to have a quick rest. Peel Island was a natural island with so much trees and roots. While we were there we played sardines which was really fun (Mrs Pearce had the best hiding spot) we were very cold and luckily Campbell had packed us some treats – hot chocolate! We drank that up in second then got back into the canoe to go and stop somewhere to have lunch.
After lunch we all set off for a three mile walk, it went on forever!!! On the walk Sophie had hold of the que cards and Natalie tripped over a bridge and knocked them out of her hands and they fell through the bridge.
When we finished the walk we got ice cream, it was delicious!! And Jimmy, a man that works for Water Park came and picked us up in the mini bus.
It was a great, but tiring day.
Today we had a fantastic day which could never be replaced! We were amazed of how much fun we had. First of all we kayaked down most of the lake, and then we played some great games in the middle of the lake! Like we had to try and tap other people’s kayaks and the last person standing wins! We also went onto the jetty with our kayaks and Mr Wing pushed us off. There must’ve been over 6 people that screamed when going down! It was great fun. Mrs McAllister was so mean to Nikita and Casey. All she did was push people off and splashed the two girls tremendously.
When we eventually got back to shore we got off our kayaks, with some very wet girls, we went to have our lunch. Natalia, Jessica, Amelia and Beth went absolutely crazy. They couldn’t stop laughing and they definitely got the giggles! For lunch we had some delicious sandwiches (that everyone made on their own) and some scrumptious chocolate muffins!
Next we went sailing. We were so excited because no one had ever sailed before and all they boys in the yellow group said how amazing it was. It took us a while to get the boats all ready (no one really knew how to do it!) Now we got straight into the water two people in each boat, and then we sailed off into the clear blue water. It was great fun people splashing water at each other, Mrs McAllister still trying to get Nikita and Casey really wet! People were turning and others were going really slow! Altogether it was a great day and we were excited for the next day to come and more great things to do!
Sausage, chips and beans for tea with sticky toffee pudding for dessert. The class are now out playing hide and seek in the grounds (whilst trying to avoid midgies!)
Again, thank you for the comments. I will get some pictures on by 9pm.
Our second day of Water Park began with the children making their own packed lunches (some handled this much better than others!) We then had bacon and egg for breakfast!
Their day began with high ropes (which they all said was really fun!) The first task was to harness up and then they were shown a 50 foot tree that they needed to climb to the top of. The girls were very brave and gave it their all! (Well done to Natalia, Jess and Casey for reaching the top!) Next the group had to climb to the top of a pole where 4 of the group had to balance at the same time. Their favourite part was wiggling their bums at the top to try and knock the other girls off!
In the afternoon the group went Ghyll Scrambling. Here they had to walk up a river and through some waterfalls. On the way they were able to jump in some pools and play a splashing game of the Hokey Cokey.
Their day began with some Kayaking on Lake Coniston. In their wet suits they each got a kayak and learned how to paddle. They then paddled around the lake and then to a jetty (on the way Mrs Pearce was very mean and knocked Natalie in!) At the jetty they played a ‘duck game’ where they had to chase ducks in their kayaks and then they took the kayak onto the jetty were the teachers launched them off the end and into the water with a splash!
In the afternoon they also went ghyll scambling. This started off very well until the middle when they were asked to climb a waterfall which ended up with the whole group falling back in! To keep the girls wet, the instructor, Rachel, asked them all to come and see a special blue fish that was in the water…the poor girls all got splashed…no fish at all! Another of the tasks was to squeeze between two logs with a waterfall pouring through them. On the way back, the girls also had to fall back into the pool landing in a star-shape and slide down some waterfalls. By the end of the day, the girls said their wellies were full to the top with water!
Their day began with a drive to the ghyll for some scrambling. Though the water was freezing, it was really fun (especially watching each other scream as they jumped into the cold pools!) Whilst climbing up, they played some games and also had time to stop and record a scene for our ‘Year 6 Funk’ pop video. Again there were plenty of waterfalls to climb up and slide down…which resulted in 4 wellies being lost (and having to be retrieved by the teachers)! The boys (not Joe) had to be encouraged to jump in and get wet with a warning of a text to parents saying that they were being soft…lol!
In the afternoon the group went Kayaking, first learning how to paddle in all directions. They then played a game of pirates where each person had to try and catch others and turn them into pirates. Lorenzo was a pirate who did a fine job of catching everyone, though the instructor was a bit too quick for him. The group also got to jump in off the jetty in their kayaks. They had an audience from the passing steam boat who clapped as they jumped in!
This group also began on the Ghyll. “Don’t go in deeper than your knees,” suggested the instructor. This lasted 5 minutes and most of the group were face down in the water. They marched up at a quick pace with more opportunities to climb waterfalls, slide down rocks and they needed no encouragement to jump in pools! On the way to the top they stopped to see if they could scale a wall (or fall into a 12ft pool)…only Tyler managed it, the rest got soaked some more! At the top the group got to climb into a small cave and then jump out through a waterfall and into the water. This was the group’s favourite task so far!
In the afternoon Yellow Team took part in some rope activities. The first challenge was to see if each individual could complete every obstacle on the low ropes course…the group performed well and every obstacle was beaten by most if not all of the group. The next challenge was the tall pole like Green Team. First up was Fillip who needed a little encouragement after realising it was pretty high at the top. With Dylan A soon up afterwards his confidence returned and with Tyler and Sheick they managed to stand on the top and lean back (before falling off!) The next group were less fortunate as Mr Waywell’s legs were shaking so much that the pole did not stay still for a minute! This didn’t stop Connor, Dylan C and Kyi reaching the top, though pretty soon after, Mr W knocked them all off! Over at the 50 ft tree, the team were AMAZING! Every member encouraged each other and faced their fears which meant that all 7 pupils and Mr W made it to the top platform…well done indeed!
Tonight tea was chicken burgers with chocolate trifle for dessert.
The children are now outside playing some games in the Water Park grounds.
Keep checking the blog…pictures should be up by 9pm!
Thanks for all of your comment, the children love them!
Today was our first day at Water Park.
We began the day with a bunch of very excited Year 6 pupils waiting for the coach outside church. The coach got off to a quick start and we arrived at Water Park at 10:30 (with a only a little sickness on the way!)
After viewing the house (and being amazed at how big it is) the class had some sandwiches for lunch followed by some time to unpack.
In the afternoon the focus was team building. The Team Yellow conquered a huge wall, crossed a shark-infested river (imagined) and took part in a memory challenge. Team Pink also conquered the wall, passed each other through a spiders web, balanced a see-saw board and took part in a water task as they had to transport water around a low ropes course. Team Blue began on the low ropes course and also conquered the river (though this time swinging across a rope!) Team Green began on the low rope course, they then conquered the wall, crossed a weighted wooden plank challenge and had to move around an assault course whilst trying to balance a ball.
The second part of the afternoon was a raft-building task. Each team built their own raft over by the lake and launched them (teachers too!) Game one was a race across the lake…well done to the Pink Team for a clear win! Next we played ‘who can spin their raft around game the quickest’…Yellow Team took this title. Other games were: find as many balls as you can and standing up on the raft to sing ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’! The afternoon ended with a chance to jump in the lake!
Tea was pizza and wedges with doughnuts for dessert.
The class have now gone out for a walk up a hill behind the park and will probably play a few games afterwards.
Everyone is very excited and first impressions from everyone are that it is great!
29 School Days to go!
Today Year 6 began their recording careers as popstars! We visited Aspire Academy (thank you!) to use their recording studio so that we could record our ‘Year 6 Funk’ song (thanks Mrs Mallinson for organising!)
We travelled to the Academy using the school mini bus. Once we arrived, we got to record in the studio as a member of the staff directed us. To make sure that the recording was perfect, we had a practice and moved around so we were all near to the microphones.
After we had finished we headed to the park…via the Spar so that Mr Waywell could buy us all an ice lolly!
We then had a picnic on the park and played for a while (in the beautiful sunshine!)
The recording will now be used to make a pop video for our leavers assembly!
Did you enjoy yourself?
31 Days to go!
Do you remember the seagull fight?
31 school days to go!
This half term we are learning some golf skills! We will be having some sessions at school with some more at North Shore Golf Club (who are leading our lessons!)
We’re also going to visit the driving range to test our skills at the end of the sessions!
What did you think of our first lesson?
Today was our chance to say good-bye to our Parish priest Father Farrell.
Year 6 led a service with readings, songs and some lovely memories from all of the classes in school. Thanks to Charlotte’s mum for the delicious cakes too!
We wish him all the best in his retirement!
As a reward for all of the hard work at our morning booster classes, Year 6 camped on the school field on Friday night. Sadly the weather meant that games were kept to the hall and we needed lots of pegs to stop the tents from blowing away! Still everyone had a great night (though not much sleep!)