Year 6 Stayover

For the past 3 years, Year 6 learners have stayed at school over night.  The ‘sleepouts’ started as a previous Year 6 class missed their school journey visit when they were in Year 5 due to the Pandemic.  As that year group enjoyed their outdoor stay so much, we have continued to include this night in our school calendar.  The tents, mattresses and sleeping bags are loaned to us via the Windmill Cluster.  Usually, each group of learners would build their own tents on the school’s large green area, and set up their sleeping arrangements after participating in various outdoor activities.

Due to the weather forecast, instead of camping outside in their tents, the children still took part in outdoor activities but slept in the hall this year.  After spending a good day at Chessington World of Adventures, the evening started with a hot meal prepared by Mrs Bryan-Whyte and her sister Tia, aided by some pupils.

We are very fortunate that our Reception teacher, Ms Woods, is trained in Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning.  Ms Woods taught all the learners how to safely start a fire, revisiting the Fire Triangle.  The fastest 3 pupils to successfully start their mini fires were then selected to help Ms Woods make the main fire. Learners then had their hot chocolates and toasted their marshmallows, while sitting in the pavilion.

Then the children moved into the hall, to inflate their mattresses and set up their sleeping bags ready for popcorn and a movie.  Then a divider was moved in between the two rows of sleepers to signal bed time, with the girls beating the boys to get to sleep first.

Most of the children were awake by 5am the next morning! After exercising with Mrs Bryan, getting ready for the day and packing up their mattresses and sleeping bags, it was time to eat the cooked breakfast in the hall.

Thank you to all the adults that helped during the evening and/or stayed overnight and to the learners who assisted with the cooking.

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