As our new Year 6 class make strides forward in terms of their life at the top of our school, we report on an exciting trip that took place in the first week of this academic year. In fact, after only one day of term the children were whisked away for two days camping in the Forest of Dean. Before departing, they had to work out what food we would need and took a trip to Sainsbury’s to get the supplies. Returning to Springfield, they had a quick lesson in putting up the tents and chopping wood safely for the camp fire. With the minibus packed, our intrepid explorers departed to arrive at the campsite on the banks of the River Wye just over an hour later. Both Mr Griffin and Mrs Brown were impressed with the teamwork and cooperation on display by all the children who worked exceptionally well to pitch all tents in record time. After a BBQ for dinner, we all sat around the campfire and played some very funny games before going to bed for a well earned rest.
The next day brought Mrs Walker and rather a lot of exercise! The group picked up bikes at Cannon Ponds and set out to complete a 12 mile bike ride before lunch and a two hour walk afterwards. The children showed great determination and perseverance in both activities especially when it was physically demanding. Thankfully the weather was relatively kind to us and on our return to the campsite we were delighted to welcome Mrs Brown back, along with food for supper kindly made by Suzanne back at Springfield.
After another good if rather chilly night’s sleep the children packed their tents away as impressively as they had put them up. Tired but with a sense of pride in all that they had achieved, the group returned to Springfield on Saturday morning, ready to face the challenges of the year ahead, but only perhaps after a long sleep in a comfy and warm bed.