The children arrived on a windy but bright morning feeling excited about the adventures ahead. They were greeted by the staff members who gave them a 'grand tour' of the building and showed the children their bedrooms for the next two nights. Next, the children unpacked their cases very efficiently and tucked into their sandwiches at lunchtime. A fabulous start!
After lunch, the children got into their groups and set off for some fun-filled activities. Group 1 went pond dipping in search for some wonderful water creatures and group 2 and 3 became pirates for the fist part of the afternoon building their own Treasure Islands. They then became 'Woodland Detectives' where they used their map skills to find different symbols which were located around the fields. Following the afternoon activities, the children faced their toughest challenge of the day, making their beds. Great teamwork was shown to ensure all beds were complete before a well deserved dinner could be had.
Delicious Dinner and Exciting Evening Walk
The children dived into their dinner after a tiring afternoon. The children had great options with fish and chips, pizza and chips and a jacket potato with cheese and beans all making the menu! That was followed by jelly and cream for pudding. Yummy!!!
The evening activity was a fun but very muddy walk around Frank Chapman with the opportunity to walk through the stream which they absolutely loved. The night ended with a shower (which was most definitely needed) and a nice hot chocolate.
After a great night sleep, the children woke up to bright sunshine and were eagerly awaiting the plans for the day. They made their beds efficiently working with other children in their bedrooms and made sure they were on time for breakfast. After breakfast, the children set off on their morning activities full of energy and enthusiasm.
The children had a picnic lunch with the sun shining brightly and then enjoyed a lovely quiz and movie night. The quiz was extremely enjoyable and full of laughter with the children sharing great general knowledge and then providing some hilarious answers. There was also the opportunity to visit the gift shop where the children very happy with the choices that were available.
The children settled in bed for their final night really quickly after a lovely hot chocolate and biscuit.
A brilliant 2 days!
We had a few tired looking eyes this morning after 2 action-packed days. However, the children were really efficient with stripping their beds and packing their suitcases before breakfast. Energy was flowing through the room once more when the children were told they would be making a fire and den building! the children worked tirelessly as a team to build their dens which looked fabulous and then created a fire using a flint (this was rather tricky). To end the session, the children made bread which they enjoyed tasting!
A massive thank you to everyone at Frank Chapman for making us feel welcome and putting on fantastic activities for the children to get stuck into. Also, a huge thank you to all the children who demonstrated amazing behaviour throughout and made the visit memorable for the staff and the Frank Chapman crew. New skills, confidence, teamwork and independence were all developed throughout the trip which was brilliant to witness.
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