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Day 4 - Thursday
The struggle to all get into breakfast by 8am is getting tough. I am having to go slowly through the 'discipline gears'...lol
No one was awake at 7.30 today, this is despite a 9.45pm bed the night before.
We measured brooks and streams before lunch, using distance, speed and time. This is A level mechanics (part of mathematics). Again they worked hard and with enthusiasm, although it is becoming clear that they are extremely tired.
After the suncream application ritual, we went pond dipping. It was very hot and I could tell they all longed to discard their nets and jump in. They didn't - but 4 boys did venture past the 'no deeper than your ankle rule'. You will know if it was your child when you unpack their bags. Lol.
Dinner was scoffed, then we went to the games room. Last year table football was the fame of passion - this year it was jenga, so so serious...
After a second bash at stargazing we are half asleep. We have all had the most brilliant time. In all my days I have not attended such a brilliant, well delivered residential. All schools should do this.
The children have been amazing. I've seen previously unseen sides to all of them. They are a credit to all concerned.
Forest mathematics tomorrow. My favourite...
See you all at 1.30 to collect your cherbs.
Day 3 - Wednesday
DAY 2 - TUESDAY
Children were rudely awoken by my good self at 7am...those that chose to chat until 2.20pm were a little puffed out!
A few looked like the perverbial startled rabbit and we're a little freaked out to see me standing over them bellowing 'wakey wakey' and their roomies giggling.
Breakfast was great - cereal, toast and full English. The breakfast came with beans...it was easy to identify those that had 2 helpings by mid-afternoon...lol
Our first lesson was going back to our animal traps. Asheigh caught a bank vole, and Ty and Billy snared a wood mouse...neither would've made a decent sandwich!
The children examined these creatures close up and we're made aware of their ears in particular. They were released and scampered back to their homes. Cat food was used as the bait...interesting
After break, the children were taught about 4 and 6 figure map references as well as how to corretly read a compass and take bearings. They all seemed to get it and were able to apply their new skills to a range of challenges. The acid test was a 3 km orienteering challenge with 20 questions that relied on their new found compass and map reading skills.
The Compass Heros (Ronnie, Ella, Matthew and Rosa) ran out convincing winners, taking a mere 50 minutes to complete the challenge.
The teamwork from all groups was outstanding. I was proud.
After their 'homemade sandwiches'...hilarious - they were starving afterwards. Mrs Buthelezi put an over ripe banana in her bag and her sandwich smelt bad...but she still ate it.
The afternoon saw an array of mapwork - drawing, using, interpreting etc etc.
Dinner was shepherds pie - my favourite. But there was little left after the gannets on my table had been served and I had al denti broccoli ( it was raw..)
After dinner we tried forest art. The articulation from the children was something I'd never heard to that level before. Wonderful stuff.
Gantry (Dylan, Hizir and Tom) are a point clear in the tidy room challenge - I will win the teacher''s competition, especially after my room was sabotaged by Mrs B last year...I can still smell curry pot noodle powder I'm sure!
The children right now are playing Uno. Love that game.
The kettle is on again...more work.
As off yet no one has woken up early...no one is shower dodging and all children changed their clothes from Monday. Unbelievable
A 5 mile walk awaits tomorrow...it is a surprise of course.
Mr Sandford and Mr Buthelezi