Wow, what a week Year 4 had at PGL! In February, the children experienced a week of firsts – first nights away from home, trying new food, packing our own bags and lots of exciting new activities.
The children amazed us with their courage and determination throughout the week. The children had a fun-filled three days which involved a variety of activities. Some of the activities involved the children mastering heights.
One of these included the giant swing which was the ultimate test of nerve and joint decision-making. Two children were harnessed into the swing, while other members of the group hauled them up to 10 metres into the air.
After the pair in the swing decided together how high they wanted to go, a pull on the ripcord sent them plummeting earthward. It was a fast and exhilarating drop, but it was the right balance between fear and fun! Many children also conquered their fear of heights when rock climbing and when launching themselves towards the trapeze.
The children also engaged in activities which involved team-work. They loved the challenge course which aimed to promote teamwork, lateral thinking, problem solving and decision making. It was also physically challenging! The challenge course became quite competitive as the children were timed to complete the trail.
Another activity which promoted effective teamwork was the survivor challenge. The children were set a ‘wilderness’ scenario and they needed to build the shelter using basic navigation skills and meteorological skills to decide the layout of the site. They shared out key responsibilities and communicated well throughout the task. Many other activities were completed during the busy fun-filled three days.
The food was another popular and important part of the trip. We had the luxury of choosing from a selection cooked food including sausages, bacon, eggs, hash browns and baked beans each morning alongside a selection of toast, cereal and fruit.
For dinner, there was always a selection of different meals which the children could choose from. This included fish fingers and chips, pasta, spaghetti Bolognese and burgers. The children represented our school well and they made us extremely proud. They all used fantastic manners, cleared their tables and kept their rooms tidy.