Eighteen very excited Year 6 pupils boarded the coach and set off to Lea Green where they were going to spend the next two nights camping. Upon arrival they very quickly set up their tents, two of which set the Leaders thinking! Henry Lane and Harvey Jones had their tent up in minutes. After lunch, the children all got into their teams and set off for their various activities; abseiling, climbing, water scrambling, rock climbing. Everyone had great fun and Hannah, who is scared of heights, and Emily, who climbed to the very top, both did extremely well with the climbing.
The water scrambling was great fun as the children all had to walk through very cold water, going under tree branches and other obstacles; some of which were extremely low, Matthew had to wring out his jacket at the end as it was sodden. The rock climbing too was great fun, here the children had to squeeze through very narrow spaces, once or twice wondering if they would get through. They walked over the dinosaur, climbed over the camel’s back and then sprung up onto a ledge which they all did with ease.
After tea on the first day, we all went over to the low ropes course and had great fun wriggling between tyres, zipping down the zip wire, swinging on the ropes and trying to balance over the wooden frames.
The highlight of Year 6 camps is certainly the high ropes, here they all have harnesses on and climb to huge heights, maybe walking along a log with ropes to help them, or climbing the middle pole which has a square platform on top, on this platform you have to stand and remember as you get
higher up the pole the more it wobbles. You can get four grownups on the platform. The swing is the apparatus the children love the most, it is such fun, even the adults have a go. The children are harnessed to a metal bar and are pulled up a wire to a tremendous height, they can say when they have to
stop, the only two who went all the way to the top were Bertie and Ellie, so brave. Hollie made Lucy scream as they had agreed that they would count down from ten before Hollie pulled the rope to release them, however Hollie tricked her and pulled it on eight. I think the whole of Derbyshire could hear Lucy screaming and Hollie laughing, great fun.
Wednesday morning came and sadly camps was nearly over for another year, everyone packed up, ensured their tent was clean for the Years 4 and 5, had a game of Ritchie’s Rounders before getting onto the mini bus and back to school, tired but happy. The children in the prep School would like to
extend their wholehearted thanks to all of the OEd & Prep School staff who enabled them to have such an excellent and fun learning opportunity.
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