Day 1 at Nell Bank

Year 4 have had a great first day at Nell Bank. On arrival, they had lunch before heading into the woods to play some games and explore the habitats on show. The children then took part in pond dipping and mini beat hunting which they all enjoyed greatly. After that, they went orienteering and explored the adventure play before settling down for a delicious tea of sausages, veg and mash.

This evening, they relaxed with a film, completed quizzes and enjoyed a story accompanied by a hot chocolate.

Everyone’s had a great day and are now sleeping ahead of the long walk tomorrow. We can’t wait!

Ingleborough Day 3

It’s been another action packed day in Clapham.

Group 1 took part in gorge scrambling and tree climbing.

Group 2 went gorge scrambling and caving.

Groups 3 and 4 went on the long walk while group 5 went tree climbing and caving.

Ingleborough Day 2

Year 5 woke up early on day 2 to eat their cooked breakfasts before a busy day. During the 9am briefing, each group found out what they were doing.

Groups 1 and 2 went on the long walk, although partially shortened due to rain, and had a great time. They headed from Ingleborough hall all the way to Austwick and back where they learnt about the history of the area, interesting local stories and developed their map reading skills.

They other 3 groups took part in two different activities. All the groups went gorge scrambling which they found extremely exciting and ended up getting quite wet! Groups 3 and 5 also completed a village study which they will be using to compare with Idle when they return to school. For their second activity, group 4 went tree climbing which again was well enjoyed.

After all the activities, the children settled down for tea and evening activities which are either bat hunting or a film and tuck night.

Tomorrow sees the majority of the groups completing the activities that their peers did today with one group being the first take part in caving. I’m sure it will be another exciting day and we are all hoping the rain sticks away.

Ingleborough Day 1

After eagerly setting off this morning, Year 5 arrived at Ingleborough and soon settled into their dorms by making their beds and unpacking their bags. Once everything was sorted, it was finally lunch with time. Soon after that, the children prepared for the short walk up to the show caves.

When they got there, they put on their hard hats, dropped their bags off and headed in to explore the cave. Parts of the cave where very low so the taller children and teachers all had to limbo through the caves. At halfway, they discovered what is was like for the original Victorians who only had candles for light.

After exploring the cave, we headed to the gift shop where souvenirs and ice creams were bought before heading back for tea.

Later this evening, the children have enjoyed either pizza or giant fish fingers for tea followed by brownies. They were all delicious!

Soon after tea, Year 5 wrote their diaries for their first day at Ingleborough before heading outside for some fascinating stories around a fire. Thankfully the rain stayed away! Everyone enjoyed the four different stories which the children helped to create and had a great time.

Finally, Year 5 got ready for bed by listening to a story with Mrs Hall after their hot chocolate and biscuit.

Day 2 at Robinwood

Today, Year 6 woke up early for a filling breakfast before getting straight into the activities. To start with, it was the crate challenge which required cooperation followed by archery which was a test of accuracy. After that, they took part in a range of activities including rock climbing, the big swing and the trapeze. It’s been another action packed day and again we cannot wait for final activities tomorrow.

Day 1 at Robinwood

As Year 6 arrived, we were greeted by our instructors and we set off on the steep incline up to the centre. On arrival, we all headed to the lake to take part in either canoeing or rafting. After that, it was time for the zip line which was great fun! Next up was the dungeon which involved the children taking part in problem solving activities in order to escape. Tea followed and now the children are currently taking part in team competitions. We are all looking forward to tomorrow.

Day 2 at Nell Bank

This morning, Year 4 woke up bright and early to prepare for their busy day. They were greeted by a choice cereal or toast with either jam, butter or chocolate spread. Yum! The walk was the focus of the day and was truly memorable. Totalling 6 miles, we ventured along the river, observing the meanders, through the town, noting Roman ruins, up to White wells for lunch and ended at the top of the Cow and Calf with the fantastic views of Ilkley. While at the top, we learnt about the story behind it, tried to move the calf rock and shout over to Nell Bank in the distance. Both the children and adults had a great time.

We returned after 5 hours with plenty of tired bodies and relaxed with a quick drink. This evening, the children took part in a music quiz after another tasty tea.

Tomorrow it’s time for den building, orienteering and prizes all before heading back to school. We cannot wait. Goodnight!

Year 4’s first day at Nell Bank

Both Year 4 classes arrived at school full of excitement as they knew it was finally the day to visit Nell Bank. They left school eagerly at 11am and on arrival they ate their lunch and settled in. The first two activities were about discovering the living creatures in the local area. Group 1 went pond dipping while Group 2 went on a mini-beast hunt. The children really enjoyed both activities and found a range of different creatures. After that, it was time for a break where the children had a practice fire drill and learnt about what the rest of the trip entailed.

Following this, it was time to let off a bit of steam in both the adventure play and water area which the children really enjoyed. Once they were worn out, it was time for tea and we were treated to tasty sausages or jacket potatoes. After tea, it was back out to play in a bit of free choice time before getting ready for bed and relaxing in the canteen. Here the children had a tasty hot chocolate and biscuit whilst completing an exciting quiz. The children are now all tucked into bed in preparation for the long walk tomorrow. Goodnight!

Bookworms’ reviews

Over the past few weeks, Blakehill’s Bookworms have been reading a Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown. Having finished it, they have written the following reviews which have published on Amazon.

Mia and Eleanor would describe this book  as a good representation of a new Christmas.We would recommend it to people  who are fans of crazy stories.The reason why we like this book so much is because of the adventures,pictures and simplistic of the story.

Avroop and Emily

This book is extraordinary and I guarantee you will love it if you are a diary of a wimpy kid fan.This book tells the tale of how Gregory Heffley survived the meltdown.If you have rad the previous books in the series you should know that there must be others astounding characters in this book. If I were you I would definitely read this book and would recommend this book to children aged 7+