- Summer School 2016 -
Monday 22nd August – Graves Park & Farm. We kicked off our Summer School with a Teddy Bear’s picnic and all the children arrived with their favourite Teddy Bear. The drizzly weather did not discourage the children as they visited the rare breed farm to feed lots of different animals like Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Cows, Rabbits, Hamsters and Chickens. Some of the children hesitated at first as the animals tickled as they nibbled away the food pellets that the children had in their hands but they soon got the hang of it. Hope roared with laughter. It was still damp in the park so we set up our picnic in the café; even the teddy’s joined us at the table. Including Jamie’s Minion teddy. Lunch over we peered outside, yeay, the sun was shining and had dried all the play equipment in the play area, the children were delighted and enjoyed sometime on various slides, swings and climbing frames before our bus journey back to school, much to the delight of Mr Clark and Mrs Shepherd who were roped in to pushing 4 of the children together in one rather large circular swing – Ouch!
Tuesday 23rd August – Greentop Circus came into school armed with lots of different circus equipment for us to try. Juggling was first on the menu starting with scarves then using these skills moved onto juggling balls, Alhaji was a natural he even had a go at 3 at once. We had lots of fun as we played with Diablo, Flower Sticks, Plate Spinning, Unicycles, Stilts, Poi Spinning and Pedal Go’s. Aveen showed great support to Rhiannon as she held onto her whilst she mastered the Pedal Go’s and Kelsey and Amber made a terrific effort with the Unicycle and even managed to gain ‘lift off’ at one point. If that wasn’t impressive enough Katie managed to spin a plate in each hand and Thomas and Kane were on a roll with the Flower Sticks back and forth to each other without dropping them once. Pure skill. All the children had a showcase at the end of the day and presented their new skills to each other whilst everyone cheered on. Another great day had by all.
Wednesday 24th August – Horse Riding at Grenoside Equestrian. No time for a breath, the moment we arrived 23 children and 3 staff had safety helmets and boots thrust our way from a bellowing Zoe who looked after us for the morning. We split into two groups. The first group nervously stood below the stairs to mount the horses, one by one the horses came out and the children were matched perfectly in size and introduced to their horse. All the children beamed when they were safely mounted and ready to go. It was then time for Mr Clark’s horse to appear, his face was a picture when his horse adequately called Shadow made a WWF grand entrance and emerged from his stable to approach the stairs. This horse was gigantic, it almost came out roaring, proudly showing muscles on top of its muscles and eventually Mr Clark’s jelly legs hardened, he found his courage and managed to get on. Finally, all lined up like a cavalry they all set off for their woodland walk even though Mrs Shepherd was still trying not to fall off and holding onto her horse with both arms around its neck - whilst the other group learned stable management and how to groom a horse. The children really enjoyed using the special brushes and getting to know all about the horses. When they first group arrived back they could not stop talking about how wonderful it was and how much they had enjoyed the experience, some of the children asked if they could have another go! Time for the swap around and the next group to mount the horses – what a great day had by all J
Thursday 25th August – Rother Valley Country Park. We were met at the park by Gareth who was to be our Ranger for the day. He led us to the Education Bungalow to down our bags and heavy belongings before heading off to our first activity. Pond Dipping – the children were all given nets as he explained about all the different pond life creatures that inhabited the water. He provided a picture list of creatures and trays for the children to put in their ‘catch of the day’ The children eagerly dipped their nets into the water and one by one little fishes, water snails, leeches and other pond life started to appear in the trays. Summer, Ewan, Lucas and Tyler discovered the best place to fish – Just under the water lily’s was a great hiding place for pond life and they’re trays ended up alive and wriggling with lots of different creatures. After a picnic lunch we swapped the water and fishing nets and set off for a wildlife walk with large flowing butterfly nets. We swished away at the bushes and trees to try to catch flying insects and bugs. Carefully we placed our catch in little clear pots with microscopic lids to examine our beasties up close, unfortunately the wet weather had sent all the beautiful butterflies and colourful damsel flies into hiding but all the children managed to catch something, however small. Another lovely day had by all.
Friday 26th August – Sport Day & BBQ. Dodge Ball first and the teams were selected equally dependant on size and age. This didn’t seem to bother our younger /smaller children as they became an integral part of each team due to their flexibility and agility. The difficulty level was increased as we began using rubber rugby balls and the unpredictability of the bounce made the competition more fun. Aveen was exceptional for her team; she managed to be the last player present on her team for 2 out of the 4 games played. Thomas was excellent at dodging around the sports hall. Overall, all the children showed great enthusiasm throughout the session. Next was a fun run course assembled on the field and the children were split up into two teams, they were very competitive and didn’t want to let their side down, so much so that we had Hope slip over into the splits position, Shanay felt sick after exerting herself too much and Lucas falling flat on his face. The effort was commendable. The children were very encouraging to each other and created a fantastic fun atmosphere and finally after an energetic morning the children decided that they would like to have a basketball competition. Despite the difference in height all the children were successful in scoring a basket. We had 3 shoot-out competitions. The first was won by Harvey after a final that was contested between himself, Mason and Tyler. The second competition was won by Tyler; he was successful after a final involving himself, Rhiannon and Aimee. The Final competition was won by Rhiannon. After losing in the previous final, there was a clear determination on her face to succeed this time! Lunch time and the smells coming from the BBQ were amazing, mouth-watering sizzling sausages and juicy burgers were on the menu with lots of other treats for us all to share, a second helping was had by all and a third helping had by some too, not mentioning any names Mr Clark. After a long lazy rest and chat in the warm sun with their friends, it was time to burn off all those calories so a short play outside on the play equipment was needed before heading back to classroom to get ready to go home. The children ended their summer school by sharing their experience, thoughts and feelings about all the activities during the whole week providing an evaluation so Mrs Wild and the Inclusion team can plan for Summer School 2017.
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