On Wednesday 22nd March, Year 5 left for their first residential trip to Burwell House, Cambridge. On board the coach, children and staff were buzzing with excitement for the days ahead. After a warm welcome by Diane, we sat down to eat a hearty lunch of chicken pie and delicious chocolate fudge brownie topped with ice-cream. That afternoon, children were given the opportunity to explore the grounds of Burwell House and participate in some orienteering activities. Despite the rain and chilly temperatures, all children remained upbeat and rose to the challenges they had been set. In the evening the Raptor Foundation visited us bringing with them a selection of birds, including several species of owl and a Harris Hawk. The children actively participated in discussions about these birds of prey including their habitat, conservation, behaviour and adaptations. The barn owl was an ideal bird to demonstrate silent flight as he flew over the children and each and every one enjoyed petting and smiling for a photograph.
On Thursday children were given the opportunity to film and produce their own news broadcast. It was great to observe children working together as a team and there were certainly some who came alive in front of a camera. Laughter was had by all. Watch out Fiona Bruce! To follow, children participated in sensory games, Burwell Challenge as well as Pin and Thread art. After visiting the tuck shop and dressed in our pyjamas, we all sat down to enjoy our news broadcasts before getting an early night.
With the sun in sight, Friday morning saw the start of the team challenges. Children experienced a variety of different games and were asked to reflect on how well they had performed as a team. There were some very honest admissions. Resilience and determination were evident throughout. This culminated in a game known as Burwell Fox. Children became foxes and were challenged to search for clues whilst evading capture from the four angry farmers.
Year 5 had a fantastic adventure and will take away many fond memories. Burwell House staff were very impressed with the attitude and effort of pupils from Roundwood. Throughout our stay the children were praised for their impeccable listening skills and polite manner. Well done Year 5, we are all extremely proud of you.
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