Y6 Little Canada 2018

Day One
 
After a slow start due to traffic, we arrived in Portsmouth at the Historic Dockyard. We were lucky enough to have the whole of Action Stations to ourselves and the children quickly discovered the climbing wall and the assault course. Giant Jenga and ‘4 in a row’ also proved popular. A competition soon developed on the reaction challenge and great fun was had by all.
 
After lunch, we enjoyed looking around HMS Victory and finding out lots of facts, especially how to fire a cannon-one of the things we found out though was the Royal Navy calls them guns not cannons. A few photos and back on the coach to the ferry terminal.
 
Our ferry left on time and our crossing was quick and smooth. As the weather was fine, we all had an opportunity to go out on deck and appreciate the views of the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth.
 
A short coach journey when we got off the ferry and we arrived at our destination. With luggage safely in our chalets, we had a tour of the site before a hearty dinner of either sausages and mash or vegetable curry. We were lucky that the beds were already made for us so we didn’t have to struggle putting in sheets or duvet covers!
 
Our evening activity was Ambush and the children spent over an hour happily hiding and seeking in the undergrowth around the site, getting more and more tired. They have been learning lots of new songs and are definitely heard before they are seen!
 
As we write, the children are in their chalets and getting ready for bed. We are confident that when we say “lights out” there will be silence!!! We are looking forward to the activities tomorrow especially the Sensory Trail after the recent rain!
Day Two
 
After a good nights sleep, everyone woke to a beautiful, if chilly, sunrise. The children got ready quickly and had a good breakfast of bacon and spaghetti) plus cereal,toast,etc) before returning to chalets to tidy up (sort of!) and get ready for the day.
 
Today some of us completed the Sensory Trail (apologies for the washing they are bringing back!) and some tried archery, which was popular. We have all played Aeroball (netball on trampolines_ and done some climbing, so hopefully everyone will fall asleep quickly tonight- even the most energetic children found it hard to keep bouncing for 90 minutes! Lots of children managed to reach the top of the climbing wall (approx. 30 foot up) and everyone gave it a go, which was lovely to see. All the children participated fuily throughout the day and there was an impressive amount of  teamwork on display throughout the sessions. As usual, our students have been polite and well-behaved and have risen to the challenge of being away from home.
 
Dinner, being either chicken nuggets and chips, lasagne or vegetable Kiev, was well received and it is nice to see how many children are taking large portions of fruit and salad to eat without being prompted by adults. Today's evening activity is called 'Passport to the World' and the children are currently putting their orienteering skills to good use, rushing round the site trying to find flags and answer questions. Hopefully this will mean we will have another peaceful night as they are all very tired.