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Special Event - Year 6 Redridge Residential

5 to 8 May 2009

Following the 'who can make the polo last the longest?' competition on the coach, we all arrived safe and sound, just in time for lunch! And so was our week guided by food? Read on to find out...

Tuesday

Caving and archery... what a super-brave group of children! We were really proud today as every child went through the cave system at least once... some even went through in complete darkness. Some children enjoyed the caving so much that they carried on under the table tennis tables in the games room!

Following a bit of Robin Hood practise with everyone shooting some arrows, the day was rounded off with a game of bingo. The Welsh air certainly had a positive effect as all of the children slept really well.

Wednesday

Rock climbing and abseiling... what a testing time! Rather than tackle a man made, small rock-face, we went for the real thing, a quarry with a 40ft drop!

We were really proud of all the children who all climbed up, with nearly all going back down. There were some interesting sound effects as some of them found the height a bit tricky but the confidence was soon flowing.

To wind down, we watched Ice Age 2 after dinner. Again, sleep came easily - for staff and children!

Thursday

Climbing ropes, zip wire and kayaking. After a slightly wet start, we braved the wind to climb ropes, ladders, bridges, a tower of logs (inside and outside) and to fly down the zip wire. All children took part and there was some super helping, holding the ropes for each other to make sure we were all safe.

A quick lunch stop later, we went to the lake and practised our kayaking skills in pairs. Four children chose to go it alone in their own kayak. The water fight that followed allowed everyone to develop confidence in the water!

To make sure we had no energy left, we had a disco after dinner and then another quiet night.

Friday

We had spent three days at Redridge but had been a bit too busy to see too much around it so we went for a walk. This enabled us all to practise our endurance skills in high wind and see some local sights - farms, the lake, dead sheep!

With just a quick drink and snack break, it was time to get back on the coach. A quick stop at Telford Services and we were soon back at school having had a fabulous time.

Here are some photographs of our special days:


Indoor caving.
 
Archery.

Rock climbing.
 
The zip wire.

Kayaking.
 
Off for a country walk.

LANGLEY IS A SCHOOL WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE VALUED FOR THEMSELVES
AND WHERE ALL ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE OF THEIR BEST