Activities Week 2010

OUR WILD NIGHT OUT – ESCOT

Using the magical gardens, wetlands, woods and parkland of the Escot Estate, we were led by the wonderful education rangers, Zoë, Matt and Alan for a two day adventure. We took part in many activities, including shelter building (well we had to sleep somewhere!) and a nature walk, which also included a tug-of war challenge (well done, girls!). The drop slide was very entertaining, as Mrs Morgan and Loretta carried out a dual drop from a great height! Later the electric fence caused much fun and amusement, while we tried to form a human electric shock chain. (Don’t worry we had a risk assessment!).

Back at camp, Ranger, Matt had cooked us a delicious pasta supper, and later some of us went on a night nature walk, and nature we saw! There as we sat by the lake-side silently, (yes, Ben Snow and Charlie Dudley were silent for more than 10 minutes!), a badger walked close by, had a drink, looked at us, then scampered away. That was fantastic!

After a brief night’s sleep, we took part in archery; fire building and some braved the deep, dark, smelly Barefoot Swampwalk. Mr Bovingdon really enjoyed it. The finale was the birds of prey display before we packed up ready to head home. The sun shone throughout, we were well fed, but ready for a nice warm bath and cosy bed at home. Thanks to Our Rangers, Mrs Morgan, Mr Bovingdon and Mr Housecroft (our great photographer) for volunteering to come, and of course to the children for making it such fun!

Mrs Mackey

We went camping at Escot house and the first thing we did was we built are own shelters to sleep in. In my group was charlotte, Lana and Hannah. Our shelter after seven goes was finally a success. The people teaching us about camping was Zoë and Matt.

The next thing we did was we went on the death slides and played tug of war, the girls won against the boys. In the evening we went on a walk and after people had the chance to go on a wildlife walk and the people that went on it became really close to a badger.

The next day I woke up at 5 because it was so light. Everyone had been bitten by mosquitoes and some where bitten by tics. After breakfast we did archery then learnt how to start a fire. In the afternoon we went on a swamp walk a lot of people didn’t go on it but our group did and it was so fun. We all got really muddy and the swamp was really sludgy and then we got into a duck pond to clean off. Then some people went and saw the birds of prey show. After the show at 2:30 we went home.

Emily

This year for our activity week the school took us to Escot House for a residential.

When we got there in the morning we walked to where were going to camp that night. The leader called Zoe then explained how to make a shelter and showed us the different techniques and ways to get the most out of natural materials. We all found a good spot to put our shelters then went and found some branches and logs that we could make our structure with. Then we made the canopy out of bracken and leaves and hay presto we had a place to sleep. I would like to point out this is not as easy as it sounds!

Then Zoe took us to the death slide which was brilliant fun. Then later in the night another Leader called Matt took a small group of people into the dark forest to try and spot some wild life. He told us how to make the most out of our senses and how to track and find different animals. Soon after we started we noticed a badger run where we could see they had been quite recently judging by how fresh the scat was. Then we walked a bit further towards the lake where Matt thought that animals might go there to drink. Then the most amazing thing happened a badger walked away from the waters edge and came within 2 meters of us then looked up noticing us and then scarped into the bushes.

The next day we all woke up and left our shelters and went and had breakfast that was cooked over a fire Zoe and Matt had made. It was delicious. Then we were allowed to take our shelters back down.

Ben

When we got there we walked through fields to the woods. We gathered around a camp fire and our leaders discussed health and safety with us then went on to tell us how to build a shelter. The teachers put us into groups of 4-6 with our friends.

We went off to choose a place for the shelter that we were to build and sleep in that night. We could build our shelter anywhere in the wood as long as we could see the top of the gazebo where the camp fire was.

We had difficulties deciding what type of shelter to build and we also had trouble finding good pieces of wood to use. It was challenging and required team work. For lunch we gathered around the camp fire and had a bacon and egg sandwich.

In the afternoon we finished our camp and then walked around the park. On our walk we went on a swing hanging from a tree which went really high. We also went on a death slide and saw some wild boar. Then we played tug of war and my team lost miserably.

We stayed in our shelter that night it was very tight and uncomfortable but we did manage to get to sleep in the end.

The next day we did fire building, archery and a bare foot swamp walk. The swamp walk was great fun, we were up to our waist in mud and it felt wonderful. We then washed of in a duck pond! Harriet

BECKY FALLS

On Monday the year 7, 8 and 9s went to Becky Falls. Becky Falls is like a wildlife park with lots of other things as well. When we arrived we walked with the teachers on the red trail while another group did the blue trail. We saw many different kinds of plants and animals that were pointed out. It took us about 20 minutes to walk the red trail. The red trail was mostly uphill and was quite rugged.

After the red trail we saw the animals. They had goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, owls and birds of prey. After we saw the animals we went on the blue trail. The people who worked there gave us a piece of paper with pictures of animals and plants on them. As we went along we stamped the pictures with an ink stamp with the same picture.

After the blue trail we went down to the waterfall which was very big and amazing. We stayed down there and messed around for a bit. Then it was time for lunch so we went back to the main centre and sat down in a sort of theatre to eat lunch. After lunch the staff put on a reptile display with a large monitor lizard, a desert snake and a boa constrictor.

In the afternoon we did the blue trail again and then just stuck around the place and just generally looked around. Then it was time to leave. I had a great time there and would like to go again.

Theo

On Monday the year 7, 8 and 9s went to Becky Falls. Becky Falls is like a wildlife park with lots of other things as well. When we arrived we walked with the teachers on the red trail while another group did the blue trail. We saw many different kinds of plants and animals that were pointed out. It took us about 20 minutes to walk the red trail. The red trail was mostly uphill and was quite rugged.

After the red trail we saw the animals. They had goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, owls and birds of prey. After we saw the animals we went on the blue trail. The people who worked there gave us a piece of paper with pictures of animals and plants on them. As we went along we stamped the pictures with an ink stamp with the same picture.

After the blue trail we went down to the waterfall which was very big and amazing. We stayed down there and messed around for a bit. Then it was time for lunch so we went back to the main centre and sat down in a sort of theatre to eat lunch. After lunch the staff put on a reptile display with a large monitor lizard, a desert snake and a boa constrictor.

In the afternoon we did the blue trail again and then just stuck around the place and just generally looked around. Then it was time to leave. I had a great time there and would like to go again.

Elliot

On Monday the year 7, 8 and 9s went to Becky Falls. Becky Falls is like a wildlife park with lots of other things as well. When we arrived we walked with the teachers on the red trail while another group did the blue trail. We saw many different kinds of plants and animals that were pointed out. It took us about 20 minutes to walk the red trail. The red trail was mostly uphill and was quite rugged.

After the red trail we saw the animals. They had goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, owls and birds of prey. After we saw the animals we went on the blue trail. The people who worked there gave us a piece of paper with pictures of animals and plants on them. As we went along we stamped the pictures with an ink stamp with the same picture.

After the blue trail we went down to the waterfall which was very big and amazing. We stayed down there and messed around for a bit. Then it was time for lunch so we went back to the main centre and sat down in a sort of theatre to eat lunch. After lunch the staff put on a reptile display with a large monitor lizard, a desert snake and a boa constrictor.

In the afternoon we did the blue trail again and then just stuck around the place and just generally looked around. Then it was time to leave. I had a great time there and would like to go again.

Beth

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