After just a week, while we were at residential, Marcus and Spencer (our ducklings) have grown so much. They are only 3 weeks old! Every lunch break 4 children from 6HJ look after them for 20 minutes at a time.
The ducks are leaving on Friday. We have all really enjoyed having them around they have shown us responsibility and care.
To celebrate our last evening here, we headed over to the Big Sheep and had sole use of their play barn. Lots of fun was head sliding down the death slide, playing in the ball pit and being squeezed through the squasher. Everyone joined in and had a great time. We are ready for bed now and looking forward to our final activity tomorrow morning. See you all soon.
Orienteering was a challenge today but the children showed excellent teamwork and encouragement when things got tough. They navigated through 9 separate points on a map which took them out of UAC and into the surrounding countryside.
Everyone had a go at map reading and they all had a chance to lead the group.
Group A have been raft building this morning with mixed results! The group split into two teams and had to build their own raft, float across the lake, capture the flag of the opposing team, float back and take the raft out the lake. That was the plan anyway! One teams raft broke apart before it got to the water, the other looked like it should not have been floating but it miraculously made it into the lake. After the raft building the children all had a brilliant time jumping off the jetties into the lake. Very refreshing!
Our diamonds of the day today are:
Alfie - I loved surfing. I managed to stand up and face the waves.
Will T - My diamond was the tug of war. It involved everyone.
Finn - I loved learning how to surf.
William N - I enjoyed trying to stand up on the surf board.
Ella - Mineis surfing because it challenged me to try something new.
It was with great excitement, once we eventually arrived at the Ultimate Adventure Centre. After a quick tour of the site we had lunch and were shown our accommodation. We had little time to sort out their rooms before taking off for an afternoon of laser tag, archery and rifle shooting. Following the evening meal, we are getting ready for the evening events - mini olympics and the fire pit. We will upload as many photos as possible so stay tuned...
This evening, 11 of our 12 Civic Award achievers travelled to Cuthbert Mayne School for the annual Civic presentation evening. The children were very excited and all looked very smart. When Karen Thomson, founder of the Civic Award, introduced each school, we definitely gave the loudest cheer!
The children enjoyed collecting their awards on stage and were joined by many other schools from Torbay and South Devon. They even got to have refreshments afterwards!
It was a special and well deserved ending to months of hard work, organisation and determination.
This is our 3rd year completing the Civic Award at Exminster and our numbers increase year on year. Thanks to Alex, Harry and William we now have boys onboard too.
A more official photo of us all with our awards to follow...
Today in the morning as you know our first duck was born, then we had a surprise waiting for us very patiently indeed after lunch. We now have two adorable, unamed ducklings (one not so ready for standing up yet) but we are expecting more chicks on the way, we still have four more eggs to go.
Today Year 6 went to the Livestock Centre to listen and participate in a number of activities. There were talks from the Police, Fire Service, Dogs Trust, Western Power, BT, Lifeguards and Exeter City Council. We stayed at each activity for 15 minutes. At the end we watched a chip pan fire demonstration. We learnt a lot about how to keep us safe and what services there are that we can call on to help us.
This week, year six have been doing their SATS.We had 5 papers to do, Arithmetic, Maths Reasoning, Maths Reasoning 2, Reading and SPAG. We arrived at school 8:15 to have a special SATS breakfast that included pancakes, waffles, hot chocolate and toast. By the time SATS arrived, it was just another paper; we were able to celebrate our learning. We really enjoyed practising mindfulness before we started each one.
Today, year 6 played Kwik cricket. The year group split into two teams and began to bat and field. Team 1 batted and scored 84 points. Team 2 were going to draw with them but one person scored an amazing 50 points by batting it into the goal.Team 2 won at 143 - 84. It was a really tense game and we enjoyed every minute of it. We witnessed some fabulous catches and worked well as a team.
In February, Year 6 were sent a card from Jackie Morris- author and illustrator. We had read her book the Snow Leopard and were inspired to write our own. We sent ours to her and she replied with a card complimenting our skills. She sent us photos of Snow Leopards because she had to study the way they moved and their body structure, so that the paintings in her book were as realistic as possible. This was a beautiful book with amazing description and imagery. The Snow Leopard in the photo was called Shadow and the two others are his cubs.
On Friday 9th March Year 6 travelled to Powderham Castle to listen to some live music. The wind quintet from London, played a variety of pieces; our favourite was Three Shanties by William Arnold. The whole experience was amazing and we were fortunate to listen to music in the music room, which was built by the third Duke for his 21st birthday.