Year 5 trip to Burwell House
In Year 5, children all take part in a short residential visit to Burwell House. They enjoy a variety of activities whilst there, including making their own short films in a professional film studio as well as a host of team building exercises. Everyone thoroughly enjoys this great trip and the children all talk enthusiastically about the new skills they learn whilst away.
Year 5 Residential Blog - November 2019
4/11/19 - 10:10am - everyone has arrived safely and settling in... rooms and groups to be announced soon!
4/11/19 - 5:00pm - All children have settled in well and are having lots of fun exploring the grounds. They've completed the 'Burwell Challenge', 'Sky Eye' and 'Smelly Cocktails' and have just had their first experience of the Burwell House TV Studio.
4/11/19 - 9:50pm - Mr. Cuff and Mr. Paduano were impressed that the boys had gone to sleep so quickly and soon found themselves drifting off after a busy first day!
5/11/19 - 4:00am - Mrs. Unwin had a rather early wake-up call from the girls! Mr. Cuff and Mr. Paduano managed to catch a few more winks until later on - well done boys!
5/11/19 - 10:00am - After a good breakfast pupils enjoyed a great and energetic start to the day. They played Burwell Fox, with the aim of hiding from the 'chicken farmers'. The children became rather startled when they discovered Mr. Cuff, Mrs. Unwin and Mr. Paduano dressed in fetching hunting gear! When I later enquired as to the whereabouts of any photographic evidence, I was sadly informed that none existed! Miss Wesley arrived to join the group and Mr. Paduano said his farewells! (He's now resting up for Grafham Water!)
5/11/19 - 3:45pm - I (Mr. Grey) arrived to check in with the pupils. Today, they have been working very well in their three groups. Two of the three main activities today took place in the TV studio. Pupils had been preparing their work during their English lessons last week. While one group performed their live action scene with interview and weather forecast, the other team led the technical aspect controlling cameras, sound effects and instructions to the performing team. I was very impressed with Group C's technical control - future BBC staff in the making! The other main activity focused on nature and was based outdoors (photos below). Sadly, Mr. Cuff's group took a slight drenching at the beginning of their session! This activity set children with the challenging of finding different colours from a spectrum in nature and attaching natural items to their own sampler card. Pupils then worked in groups to create portraits of people or animals with natural, foraged materials. Finally, pupils crafted sculptures inspired by the work of Anthony Goldsworthy, who they studied last year.
5/11/19 - 5:20pm - I (Mr. Grey) said farewell, without the need to bring any pupils home! Great behaviour reports all-round. Despite hearing great reports of the food, including the roast chicken enjoyed at lunch (I suppose supplied by Cuffy & Unwin Farms), I declined the offer to stay for the evening meal. Fireworks were whizzing past in the distance, to the amusement of the group working outside. Fingers crossed for a peaceful night!
6/11/19 - 9:00am - A better night was enjoyed all-round and pupils began the day with plenty of energy!
6/11/19 - 11:00am - Y5 worked together on their final team challenge. They will be having lunch at 1:00pm, before leaving at 2:00pm.
6/11/19 - 2:20pm - All Aboard! Please put your washing machines on standby, Year 5 are en-route!
6/11/19 - 3:30pm - Reunited! Everyone is back safely. The children (and staff) are noticeably more tired that when I saw them last night. Mr. Cuff disclosed that he had an early 4:00am wake up call. I'm rather suspicious Mrs. Unwin was trying to get her own back!
Pupils found colours from a spectrum card in nature.
Pupils foraged to gather items in order to craft a portrait.
Year 6 trip to Grafham Water
Every year our Year 6 class visit Grafham Water for a three-day residential trip. Whilst there, the children take part in a huge variety of outdoor activities such as raft building, climbing and tackling the challenge of 'Jacob's Ladder'! Each class thoroughly enjoys this wonderful opportunity and return back to school full of wonderful tales of their adventures (plus the odd bit of wet and cold washing...). Below is a link to the official Grafham Water website, where you can get a taste of the activities on offer.
Year 6 Grafham Blog - 2021
21/09/21 - 1:00pm:
We are coming to the end of the Grafham adventure with mixed emotions! Obviously, everyone will be looking forward to returning back to Shelford, but there are so many highlights from Grafham to share!
Pupils have enjoyed a very tasty lunch of hot dogs and chips! Soon, the instructors from Grafham are going to share the many achievements of the children from their trip.
21/09/21 - 10:00am:
Mrs. Alderson, Mrs. Kingman and Mrs. Weston were rather pleased that it wasn't such an early start this morning! It seems like the fresh air, good food and variety of activities helped children to spend some much-needed extra shut-eye!
Children have been working hard this morning to ensure their rooms are tidy, packed and all the bedding is ready to travel to the laundry! This all happened before breakfast.
They're venturing out on their activities for the day ahead and I am sure they will return with many happy tales of their adventures at Grafham later today.
21/09/21 - 7:00pm:
A wonderful action-packed afternoon has been enjoyed by all! Mrs. Weston, Mrs. Kingman and Mrs. Alderson have shared that the children have enjoyed the archery, sailing and high ropes this afternoon in their groups.
Many headed back after a busy afternoon for a short break, before being rather rudely interrupted by the fire alarm sounding! Unfortunately, a child from a different school had used too much spray deodorant ... not sure if they'd been on a particularly wet / muddy Grafham Challenge! However, I am very pleased and proud to report that the Shelford children were exemplary in following the protocol. Mrs. Alderson reported that the adults weren't too bad either!
The kitchen staff at Grafham have been brilliant in providing wonderful meals. They have also been really accommodating in ensuring everyone has enjoyed their food. There has been the buzz of excitement in sharing tales of the different activities experienced and - of course - a lot of appreciation for the wonderful weather.
The children are now enjoying some games prior to this evening's Film Night!
21/09/21 - 1:00pm:
We have heard from the team at Grafham that they have been enjoying a wonderful action-packed morning. One highlight has been the glorious sunshine reflecting on the reservoir.
Pupils have enjoyed soup for lunch after their various activities: careful aims in archery; tackling the high ropes and sailing on the reservoir.
Mrs. Alderson, Mrs. Kingman and Mrs. Weston report that there are lots of children meeting the Grafham objectives for the visit and some great examples of teamwork!
21/09/21 - 8:00am:
The latest update from Mrs. Weston, Mrs. Kingman and Mrs. Alderson is in!
It appears a peaceful night has been enjoyed ... well until 5:00am! Some early risers this morning might need to stock up on the delicious breakfast to power-up their energy for a busy day of activities ahead!
There was a little contrast between the girls and the boys this morning... whilst the showers were flooding on the boys' side, the girls enjoyed a very civilised Teddy Bears' Picnic!
Looking forward to the day ahead!
20/09/21 - 7:20pm:
The children have enjoyed a lovely remainder to their afternoon exploring the variety of activities on offer as shared in the previous update.
Delicious sausages and mash were devoured for dinner. Hopefully this has recharged batteries after such a busy and active afternoon! I’m not sure if there were any carrots served… but they might have been a good option to promote sight at night! Everyone is setting off for their evening activity of orienteering.
Children are buzzing with excitement in locating landmarks on their maps and demonstrating some great teamwork.
Afterwards, it’ll be time to wind down and begin the evening routine!
20/09/21 - 2:30pm:
It seems that Grafham Challenge 2 - the revenge of the demon bed sheets - has been conquered. Great resilience by pupils and staff alike!
After a refuel via packed lunches, children are off on their activities: A serene sail on the lake; a clamber up the high ropes and pondering challenging problems to solve. It looks like plenty of teamwork and communication will be required... along with some courage and cheering on!
20/9/21 - 11:30am:
The children and staff have arrived safely at the centre after the coach journey! It was wonderful to send them off on their way - although by the sight of some of the luggage, it looks like some pupils are prepared to stay for the whole week! Grafham challenge number 1 was ensuring luggage made its way to the coach!
Children have learnt about their rooms and who they are sharing with before the classic comedic sketch of bed-making! Mrs. Alderson, Mrs. Weston and Mrs. Kingman have been assuring pupils that the sheets are - in fact - not too small! This certainly is a great test of resilience and perseverance... clearly Grafham challenge number 2!
We look forward to updating you later today with some further snapshots of the children's adventures!
Y6 Residential Blog - November 2019:
20/11/19 - 1:10pm - Pupils have arrived and are currently amusing staff by making their own beds! An induction tour and tasty lunch has been enjoyed. Pupils will soon be off to their activities!
20/11/19 - 3:00pm - Pupils have been undertaking their first, challenging activities! Rope climbing has been enjoyed by one of the groups this afternoon, while another has taken part in the long cycle ride around the lake. I am hugely proud to hear that a member of the public stopped the group to say how impressed she was with the manners of our pupils!
20/11/19 - 6:00pm - Grafham Challenge time! Apparently, this year, the bar has been raised! The most challenging Grafham Challenge yet! Pupils demonstrated lots of resilience and team building skills.
20/11/19 - 8:30pm - Winding down! A Teddy Disco and hot chocolate has helped to seal of the end to a great day. We are hoping that Mrs. Alderson, Mr. Paduano and Mrs. Weston enjoy a peaceful, uninterrupted evening!
21/11/19 - 9:30am - Pupils generally had a peaceful night... just two night time wakers, one at 2:40am! All are OK now and settled.
21/11/19 - 1:00pm - One group has been demonstrating great resilience by completing their long (and very cold) bike ride!
21/11/19 - 1:40pm - Ahoy! Sailing is taking place now for one group! Let's hope for no capsizing … the water is rather cold!
21/11/19 - 6:00pm - Reports of our pupils' excellent behaviour are coming in! We have a very proud Mrs. Alderson - it seems the pupils are shining as Shelford Stars!
22/11/19 - 9:00am - All slept a little better last night... hmmm... I wonder why! Breakfast is taking place and we are gearing up for our bike rides and sailing!
22/11/19 - 1:00pm - A little shock for one group! The other two groups were absolutely shattered after their 6 mile cycle. So the final group to take part in this activity knew they needed to dig deep and demonstrate resilience. In actual fact, they cycled 10 miles!
22/11/19 - 1:30pm - Lunch is being enjoyed before we sadly leave Grafham Water! Lots of highlights and especially responsibility and resilience!
22/11/19 - 3:15pm - I popped up to Y6 to see the class after they had arrived back at school. I was taken aback by the look of exhaustion on their faces! However, once they started recounting some of their highlights, it was lovely to see how their faces lit up. Many happy, shared memories. Tales of quivering legs of resilience on the high ropes and resilience of pushing through 10 miles of cycling! Shhh… if you listen very carefully, you may hear the resounding sound of washing machines across Shelford spinning away!