On Friday 14th June, Class 4 experienced their final Thrills and Skills session of the year on a school trip to Stanley-Crook Forest.
Upon arrival, children were given numbers, roles and responsibilities. Once they had descended deep into the forest, the children came across a full, fast-flowing river and were faced with their first challenge – bridge building. Together the children collected timber, sticks, ferns and mosses as their materials and lay them over one another so that they could cross the river rapids. While normally this would be challenge enough, Class 4 had the additional obstacle of heavy rain and muddy, waterlogged riverbanks to navigate. Luckily, they did a fantastic job due to their effective teamwork.
Following this, children moved to a second forest area and were tasked with building dens. Again, they had to communicate, be resilient when designs weren’t effective and work well as a team to build a shelter that could protect them. While a competition of two teams, both dens were fantastic.
Finally, the children had a second opportunity to practise their ‘Cam and Conceal’ as they did in one of their very first Thrills and Skills sessions. In their camo-gear, the children hid in the long grasses, bushes and trees, becoming one with nature. They were hunted by their teachers but remained hidden even when residual water from the tree branches rained down on them when shaken by the crafty teachers. This final activity ended with a brilliant game of Red Light, Green Light which the children thoroughly enjoyed.