The day began with some of us waking up out in the open, having slept in the shelters that we'd made or just under the stars! This was a fantastic experience for those who chose to do it.
For breakfast today was pancakes, with either berries, syrup, sugar, lemon, or all of the above for some people. Having finished these off we set about our first task of the day, learning how to use a knife safely. Having listened to a full and thorough safety briefing and instructions from our camp leader Shiv we began to make carve our tent pegs. We also learnt how to make survival bracelets (not as easy as you may think!) while we were waiting for our turn with the knives.
After another delicious snack we were taught the art of making traps, and were set the challenge of making a trap and a waterproof shelter in our tribes. There was a range of successful traps, and we all enjoyed testing whether our shelters would protect a marshmallow from the rain.
Following another delicious meal, of beef fajitas, it was time to say our goodbyes to the amazing and highly energetic Bushcraft staff and head back up the long and sunny path out of the woods to meet our parents. A brilliant and unforgettable time has been had by everyone, but we will all be thankful of a nice shower when we get home!
The morning started quite early for some of us, and for the rest of us began by being woken by our tribe leaders! We had a good breakfast of beans, hash brown, french toast and bacon, grilled over the fire....delicious!
Following this we learnt all about first aid, how to put people in the recovery position and how to use an improvised stretcher. Hopefully we won't need to use these skills while we are here.
Next we had a lesson on camouflage and concealment, and utilised the skills to camouflage our partners ready for some games in the woods.
Lunch was lovely salmon, prepared by Mr Conway and Mr Neiman, some children even enjoyed eating the eyeballs!
After this we went for a lovely stroll, only to find that Mr Neiman and Mr Conway had come to some bother in a plane crash! This was our chance to put our first aid skills to the test. After a few reminders we were able to pull them out of the wreckage and perform the necessary treatments that they needed.
We spent the rest of the day finishing off our shelters and making pizza for dinner.
So far we have walked down to our camp in the beautiful sunshine, had a snack and safety briefing, and are about to begin building fires!
After building fires and making our delicious lamb kebabs for lunch we learnt about shelter building. After some demonstrations of different types of shelter we were sent out in our tribes to make our own.
Dinner was spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread, cooked over the fire. Following this we played predator in the woods and then had hot chocolate and brownies round the camp fire with a story.
Creative Arts Week
In Creative Arts Week, we worked in different Year 5 and 6 groupings, which was certainly a lot of fun. We created our own tribal masks, that are now proudly displayed in our classrooms. In addition, we made bead jewellery with Miss Melchionno and Sunset pictures with Mr Neiman. With Miss Winwood, we worked in groups to design, plan and perform a traditional tale. However, there was a twist! We had to perform the traditional tale in less than 60 seconds, which was far trickier than we anticipated. Please see a video of one of our performances below.
Our day at Court!
On Monday 12th December, we were visited by members of St Albans Court. First we talked about what you would go to Court if you were caught committing a crime. Then we asked some questions about Court and what you would do there. Then we were given a quiz to complete and it was about how old you have to be to do certain things in life. For example drinking alcohol age 18, entering the lottery age 18 and being responsible for your seatbelt age 14. Reeah, Georgina, Ryan and Jack acted out a crime were an old lady’s hand bag got stolen and had some important things for the old lady but they weren’t useful to the robbers. After break we had a go at re-enacting what would actually happen at Court if there was a crime. Next we were given a part in re-enacting the crime seine. Over all everybody enjoyed the morning and have learned some exciting facts.By Abby and Olivia
28th November- 1st December
During cultural week, the whole school learned about a different cultural in each year group. We were learning about Hinduism in Y5 and 6. We’ve been learning about the story of Rama and Sita which is a Hindu story and hats why they have Diwali. With Miss Melchionno we learnt about Christianity and Advent. We made our very own door to go into an Advent Calendar. In each one there was short message saying one thing to do that day e.g. give someone a warm hug. We also drew festive pictures on the front of the door.
By Shari Bassi
Today, we planted crocus bulbs at Gobions wood for Brookmans Park Rotary club in support of raising money for Polio disease. We started in the morning with lots of crocus corns. Everyone worked very hard and got very muddy in the process!