Welcome to Year 6
Two of our Y6 Sports Leaders who attended their residential camp, wanted to share some of their experiences.
Grace wrote: Year Six went to Bowles for three days and we got to experience many different activities.
We did low ropes and zip-wire which was exciting and fun! Some people were a little bit scared at first, but they pushed themselves to go down the high zip-wire. The zip-wire, which was very fast, was a thrilling experience.
Before we were allowed to go on the zip-wire or low ropes course we had to put on safety equipment and then be checked by our instructor. We had to climb up a tall tree using big metal staples that have been banged into the tree trunk to get to the top of the zip-wire. At the top, our instructor clipped us onto the zip-wire.
The low ropes were several different obstacles, one of the challenges was to travel across a strong piece of wire tied between two trees and a loose piece of rope above the wire to hold on with our hands.
We went swimming in free time for 45 minutes. We were allowed to play on the floats and play with the floating net balls. It was fantastic, we all had a great time.
We did rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering and skiing on the second day.
Before we started rock climbing we had to put the safety equipment on again. We took it in turns to climb up the rock faces. When we reached the top we had to go under or over a small fence, shout down to our instructor our name and “SAFE”. Then our instructor gave us a thumbs up so that we could unclip ourselves from the rope. Once we had done that we had to shout our name and “CLEAR” so that the people that were belaying us could pull down the rope for the next person. We had to walk down fifty steps to get back to our group at the bottom. When we did abseiling we kept the safety equipment on that we used for the climbing.
I was the first person to abseil down the rock face it was awesome. When we did abseiling we used two ropes one to abseil on and one for safety.
We got into pairs and got given a map and stamp card, there were lots of different places on the map that we had to go to and collect a different stamp from each one. My partner Erin and I nearly filled in all of the stamps, we might have finished if we had some more time.
Before we did skiing I was extremely excited. Once we had got our skis we were told important information so that we stayed safe. Some people were already good at skiing, and in the session they got to go to the top of the main ski slope. All of the people in our group got to go on the ski lift. I went really fast down the slope, it was incredibly fun!
In archery we did this three round game. On the target there are five different coloured rings. As a group we decided on which colour should be each place in the world that we would like to stay. For example, in the first round, the white on the target was Scotland, black was Paris, and going in, the places getting better, going through blue then red then gold, gold being the best.
We got split into two teams and we were given plastic barrels, rope and some wood which we used to make into a raft. We wore a helmet and life jacket for safety. Then we had a race to see who could build their raft and travel across the pool first.
This was a series of challenges in the woods. I was surprised that I was able to work out how to do the challenges quite easily. For instance we had to use planks of wood with string on both ends to carefully move between small islands to get to the other side and I quickly figured out how we could do it.
We had a great time at Bowles and learned a lot about working as a team and pushing ourselves to try new things.