Rock climbing trip

I wanted to go out of school with a bang and something I could do with the kids that I know that they would absolutely adored.

After some consideration, I decided to either do an active activity or go to a safari park as part of our topic. I was aware that parents were currently paying for a residential trip that they children were going on in September so I knew that the trip couldn’t be too pricey.

I rang around some local activity centres to find out the variety of options. When I talked to high sports, I was amazed that they were offering a free session for school children to promote their rock climbing wall before the summer holiday began. I immediately booked a space.

Thinking through the travel options, the cheapest and easiest one was to walk: there was no direct bus or train and was it worth getting a coach. I knew it was take approximately half an hour going up hill then dramatic down. I thought it would be nice to have lunch in the park on the way, which was what we did.

After little moans and groans about the walk, my year 5s arrived excitedly at the centre. As we entered with the children looking up in amazement, there were huge walls, full of ropes hanging and stepping stones screwed to the wall.

My class were split into two groups: one getting harnesses on and rock climbing to the top of the wall then abseiling down; another group playing a variety of games on the bouldering wall (lower wall where you climbing around without wearing any safety equipment.

I even managed to get a go on the climbing wall as the children and parent helper we’re encouraging me (not that I needed it: I love doing active sports).

One child asked “Will we be doing any writing about this trip?”.
“No,”
“This is the best trip ever!”

The children absolutely loved the climbing wall and had many of them thank me personally (for these reasons, I love teaching).

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Rock climbing wall

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Bouldering wall

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Me rock climbing

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School trips

What a success! No injuries, no lost children, no kidnaps!

Yesterday, I took my class on a school trip, which to some maybe daunting in itself. However, I was feeling slightly nervous as I had arranged this outing on my own (I had to ensure I had booked transport and the museum on the correct day and the right times) as well as being solely responsible for the children (I did have a teaching assistant and parent volunteers but if anything had gone wrong it was my fault). I have to say, I wouldn’t have been able to do the trip without the help of my TA or parent so are extremely grateful to them.

As with a number of school trip, head counts are important and at regular intervals along with paper work and risk assessments (all completed in full before the day). It’s a good job I’m organised and love planning trips.

When the kids arrived at school, I could tell from their faces and huge smiles, that they were looking forward to the day ahead. After giving clear instruction and expectations, we were on our way to board public transport. The best thing about taking a group of school children on a public bus is seeing all the faces thinking “Why did I get on this bus with all the loud children? This is going to spoil my quiet journey!”

Soon after, we arrived at the museum slightly early so I aloud the children to run around the green to get rid of their energy before listening and learning from someone new.

During the day, we had two workshops about Africa: one to get an overview with different artefacts and the other to delve deeper into african masks. The children seem to enjoy learning, sketching and man handling the different objects. Even I learnt a few things about Africa which I didn’t know about before: the rings on some of the tribes necks; traditions about what happens to children at the age of 13; how many countries there are in the world.

Transporting ourselves back to school was a slight worry, as I thought we wouldn’t fit on the bus and the kids had to squeeze on a few seats. With a sigh of relief, we arrived safe and sound for the end of the school day, with smiles on our faces and children full of excitement to tell their parent about the day.

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