Welcome To Kestrel Class 2016-2017
The children have all settled in very well and they have started to adjust to the new routines and expectations in Kestrel Class.
We have been playing Place Value games. The children worked in teams against the clock to score points.
This week, we went to see Claire Balding talk about her new book 'The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop' at the Octagon theatre. After a thoroughly entertaining talk by Ms Balding, we had lunch in Ninesprings Park and played on the equipment. The weather was beautiful and the children, as always, were wonderful ambassadors for our school..
This week, some of our Year 5 and 6 girls were lucky enough to attend a Girls In Science day at Bruton School for Girls. The girls travelled by minibus to Bruton where they had the opportunity to pond dip, make bath bombs and carry out experiments with gliders. After a delicious lunch of burgers, the girls returned to school happy and inspired to find out more about careers in science. Many thanks to Bruton School for Girls for extending the invitation to us- all the girls had a wonderful time.
This week, we have been continuing with our English text- Street Child. With the introduction of the character of Tip, the children have been considering why Berlie Doherty chose to weave him into the story at this point in the novel. We have also been making predictions about what may happen to Jim in the following chapters. We have also been enjoying basketball vocabulary- Toby is currently in the lead in our vocabulary league. Well done- keep up the good work.
A special mention must also go to Ben. Ben was chosen to take Colin home last weekend. Mrs White was very excited to hear that, during his time in the family's company, Colin had been lucky enough to meet Val from the Great British Bake Off. We have been reliably informed that Colin has picked up some expert baking tips so we will wait, in anticipation, for a baking masterclass!
We have arrived safely!
The children have all settled into their rooms and we have been exploring the site.
This afternoon, we took part in either team building activities or an archery session. Dinner tonight was spaghetti bolognese followed by apple crumble and custard- delicious! Our evening activity is a night walk. After that, we will return to the activity centre for cocoa and a story. We have all thoroughly enjoyed our first day and we are looking forward to going cycling, gorge scrambling and rock climbing tomorrow.
CAMP DAY 2
The children all slept very well and woke up refreshed and ready for another exciting day. After a cooked breakfast, we got ready to cycle to the place where we would be doing our activities of gorge scrambling and rock climbing. All the children cycled and everyone had a go at today's activities. After a hot shower and ou dinner, we will be having a camp fire. Tomorrow, we will be mountain boarding and trying to scale the high ropes!
We have had a brilliant day. All the children have taken part in Mountain Boarding, High Ropes and Bushcraft. After some initial anxiety about the challenges ahead, all the children overcame their reservations and completed all the tasks. Their commitment to seeing the activities through was second to none- all the teaching staff were extremely proud of their efforts. Tonight is Quiz Night! Mr Reynolds is our 'Quiz Master' and the children are competing for the glory of being named Okehampton Quiz Champions 2016!
After the quiz, we will be settling down to watch The Great British Bake Off. Will Val survive another week? What colour will Candice's lipstick be this time? Will anyone get a Hollywood Handshake? The children are all waiting in anticipation to find out who will have to leave the tent this week.
Tomorrow is our lake day- kayaking, canoeing and raft building. We can't wait!
What an exciting day. We have been to the beautiful surroundings of a local lake where we have taken part in kayaking, canoeing and raft building activities. There was lots of laughter and fun- we all had a great time. Some of the highlights included rescuing Mrs James and Mr Reynolds from an island, an epic raft sink and various kayaks capsizing. No children (or teachers) were hurt in the process and we have all returned to our base tired but happy! All the children have been enjoying the delicious food and we are looking forward to our final supper. Our grand finale for the evening entertainment is the disco. As I write to you, children are busy getting ready, Mrs White is ready on the DJ decks and the playlist is being prepared! All the children have been a credit to you; the staff here at Adventure Okehampton have all commented on how polite and well behaved they have been. We have all had a wonderful time and look forward to doing it all again next year.
We have PE on Monday. Please make sure that your child has the correct kit- we have had several children coming to school without daps.
Homework is given on a Monday and returned the following Monday.
Kestrel's weekly spelling test is on Monday.