Forest of Dean Adventures
No sooner had term started than Year Six were off on residential to the Forest of Dean! Packed and ready to go after lunch on the second day of term, we arrived at Biblins Youth Campsite and settled into our accommodation. This year we stayed in the Burrow which is a bunkhouse with sectioned bunk bedded rooms down each side, an eating area in the middle and a kitchen area at one end. A massive woodburning stove provided much appreciated heat during the colder evenings.
For our first meal we set off to find the Pig and Apple Café at Kate Humble’s farm. The food was amazing, especially the hot chocolate brownie and ice cream, and we loved seeing the piglets and goats in the surrounding barns. On our return to the campsite we lit a camp fire and played some games before collapsing into bed.
The next morning we walked to the canoe launch at the end of the campsite to meet our instructors. We had an amazing time on the river, learning paddling techniques, playing games and hearing about the wildlife. Whilst a couple of our group went for an unscheduled dip in the water, others, including Mrs Brown went for a swim in the river at the end of the session! As a group, the children worked brilliantly together when on the river and when taking the canoes out of the water to put them on the trailer.
After lunch, we made our way to the sculpture trail at Beechenhurst. Before setting off on our walk we spent time on the playground there and bought refreshments at the café. Although tired from the morning’s exertions, we did manage to complete about half of the trail and learnt about the mining history of the forest and the railways that were used. After an evening meal of pasta following by fruit and flapjack, some impromptu singing and games of hide and seek, we were all well and truly ready for bed.
Still a little tired and if we are being honest a little bit scruffy, we packed up and returned to school on Saturday morning. Mr Griffin and Mrs Brown were both hugely impressed by the way that the group approached the challenges of the trip and are looking forward to a fantastic year with this class at the top of the school.