The account of our day at Carey Camp has been written in the style of a newspaper report.
On Friday 23 June, Year 5 of Blandford St Mary Primary School spent the day at Carey Camp near Wareham. The drive there took about 25 minutes and the children chatted happily on the coach about the day ahead. Once they arrived, they were met by David, who showed them where to leave their bags and, after a quick toilet stop, they all headed off to their first activity.
This activity was a warm-up called Number Cruncher. The children stood around a rope circle inside which were the numbers 1-27 (minus number 9) marked on 26 small plastic disks. Each child had to enter the circle, in turn, to touch their own number as quickly as possible. (Each child’s number was their register number.) The aim was to do it as quickly as possible. Under the guidance of David, the children improved their approach, working as a team and rearranging themselves around the circle until they were as close as possible to their own number. The speed in which they performed the task dropped from 57 seconds to about 11 seconds. Nicolle, aged 9, said, “I really enjoyed it because we worked well as a team.”
The next activity involved a pretend sheep pen with ‘electrified’ fences! The children again had to work as a team in order to get everyone safely out of the pen without touching the fences. There were rules as to how many people could get out of each opening in the fence and members of the class had to help each other physically, as well as by sharing ideas. Teagan, Nicolle’s classmate, said, “It was really fun being lifted over the ‘electrified’ fence!” It was a very challenging task and the children were no doubt relieved that the fences weren’t actually dangerous!
All ‘sheep’ successfully out of the pen, the class split into two groups to continue with the activities: Group A went with Mrs Dolman and David to the Low Rope; Group B went with Ryan, Mrs OK and Mrs Cooper to the Traverse Wall, the Blindfold Trail and the Matrix. Much fun was had on all these activities.
Mia said enthusiastically, “I felt positive about doing the low ropes course and safe with the instructor.” Riley excitedly described his experience on the climbing wall, “I really enjoyed the climbing wall. It got difficult when we took out some of the rocks.”
Year 5 had a great day out of the classroom!
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