PSHCE: Year 4 Isle of Wight Trip 2014

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On Monday 12th May, 2014, Year 4 arrived on a sunlit Isle of Wight at the Kingswood Activity Centre.

As soon as the children got off the coach they were given their first challenge - making their beds! After a steep learning curve for some (with able help from others), all rooms were shipshape and we were ready for the first of Kingswood's delicious meals.

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After this came our first activities.

These involved problem solving and  a 'team challenge' assault course. All children practised their listening and communication skills.

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Finally, all took part in a 'Scrapheap Challenge, which included a very fine cardboard pig, sadly demolished by a meteor! Soon after this, all went to bed.

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Highlights of day two included Archery (with a few, including Mrs Fuller, hitting a bullseye) and some fearless balancing and zipwire activities. We also had a super afternoon on the beach; activities included sandcastle building, rock pooling and ice-cream eating!

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To improve matters further, Elvis celebrated his birthday in style, with singing helium balloons and chocolate birthday cake for all. After such a day it was no surprise that the children slept soundly.

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Wednesday brought beautiful  sunshine, and we made the most of it. All the children spent some time perfecting their 'Ray Mears' bushcraft skills, making (waterproof!) dens and starting (controlled!) fires.

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Go-karting and climbing were on offer, as well as abseiling. However, one of the universal highlights of the day was the campfire in the evening. The children sang songs and told jokes and riddles round a large fire, as the sun went down. All this was topped off with toasted marshmallows, and a stunning Harvest Moon.

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Another action-packed day on Thursday included zipwire, the dreaded 'Leap of Faith' and balancing at a great height. This was topped off with a very muddy experience in the woods.

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After washing all the mud off, the children dressed up for the highlight of the week; the Disco, where all showed off their dancing skills!

After a few final activities on Friday morning, it was time to say our goodbyes. We all looked back on a brilliant and fun-filled week, with many happy memories. Thank you Kingswood!

Will Bryant

Head of Religious Studies