Activities Galore at Castlehead

 Wow what a trip! The week before our half-term holiday was Year 5s’ annual visit to Castle Head Field Studies Centre in Cumbria.  Everyone arrived bright and early at school on the Monday to begin to trip up North and the start to a fabulous week of activities.

At the Centre, the children had the opportunity to participate  in a number of exciting challenges and this began straight away with making the beds - more challenging than it may sound!  After this task was completed, we all began the real activities; such as a rock traverse, ghyll scrambling, canoeing and a river study which linked in with the water topic we had been studying at school.  The river study ended with an ice-cream, which was a highlight for everyone!  All of these activities offered a new challenge and built the children’s communication and team work skills.  We were incredibly lucky while we were away to have fine weather, which meant that each group got an astonishing view of Lake Windermere from the top of Gummer’s Howe during their evening walk; it was many of the children’s  favourite experience.

The children and staff had a fantastic time in Cumbria and represented the school superbly, which was commented upon by many people during our stay.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the adults that joined us on this residential visit, giving up their time to support Year 5.

The children who remained at school also experienced some wonderful new learning opportunities and the week was a huge success for all involved.  A favourite was learning new painting skills at Paint a Pot in Bourne.  Each pupil made their own mug and thoroughly enjoyed the creative journey.  The ladies who run Paint a Pot, Katie and Claire, were very helpful and we would like to thank them for their support.