PSHCE: Year 4 Isle of Wight Trip 2013


On a blustery Monday afternoon, 26 Year 4 children and their teachers arrived for an action-packed week of activities at the Kingswood Centre on the Isle of Wight.

Once arrived, the first challenge was to make their beds which took some serious teamwork!

After this,with no time to waste, the children threw themselves into activities. Soon, eager faces were encircling a warming campfire, with children toasting marshmallows.

Tuesday began early with some very excited children up at 5.30am, ready to start the day. Wetsuits would have been suitable attire for the day's weather, however, it did not dampen anyone's spirits. To meet all the challenges the key was group work. The children were brilliant at encouraging and supporting one another when faced with a challenge and conquering their fears. The children set their own aims with each challenge and that ranged from climbing to the beam on the balance beam to walking the length of  the highest beam, which as at least 8m from the ground.

After all the outside activities on such a cold and wet day there was nothing more comforting than the delicious meals cooked at Kingswood followed by settling down to a movie in the warm with all your friends.

Wednesday saw drier weather and a fun visit to the beach. The children loved playing in the sand, constructing waterways, building castles with moats, playing cricket and football, then a visit to the beach shop for all those souvenirs to remind them of their week on the Isle of Wight. That evening all the disco clothes were pulled from the depths of suitcases and kit bags and preparations were made for Club Kingswood. This disco was a chance to demonstrate practiced dance moves, including the Macarena and the Birdy Song, both of which Miss Henderson knew very well!

We awoke to blue skies on Thursday and the whole day was filled with wall to wall sunshine. Following a morning of climbing, abseiling, archery, fencing and problem solving the children really enjoyed the Enviro Art activity where they created a large piece of artwork in a team, using natural objects found on the ground. The results were superb and much fun was had by the children working within their teams.

Friday dawned, a little later than on the Tuesday, but with no less enthusiasm! At breakfast, many spoke of looking forward to returning home to their families but in the same breath they wished they could stay another week, as they had so much fun and learnt a great deal about the successfulness of teamwork and inclusion. With suitcases packed and loaded onto our coach, the children waved goodbye to the Kingswood staff who had given us all a fantastic week and a rousing send off. At the end of a smooth journey the children ran into the arms of their families, bursting with stories of adventure and fun.

Annie Fuller

Head of PSHCE