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MONDAY

Today, we had the quickest journey yet to Water Park after a prompt departure. With just one stop at the M6 Toll Services, we arrived at 1.00pm. Following a quick unpacking exercise in their rooms, the children split up into their groups for their afternoon activities.

CONISTON

Coniston got into wetsuits and went out on Coniston Water in kayaks, learning how to manoeuvre them before playing a series of games involving throwing and trying to avoid falling out. Everyone managed to stand up in their kayak without entering the water straight away. The activity concluded with all of the group (apart from Mr Hooton who was skilfully handling the camera) jumping in off the jetty, retrieving all wellies removed in the process.

SWIRL HOW

Swirl How got to grips with their surroundings by engaging in a very challenging orienteering course. After a session of training exercises, they negotiated the task well, in competitive groups completing over 20 objectives each. They used map-work skills learnt during this term in this activity.

BROWN PIKE

Brown Pike paddled in the Voyager Canoe across the lake, playing lots of games involving fun and teamwork. The children paddled to a walled garden where they left the boat to go on an orienteering exercise. They also played hide and seek using a variety of trees for cover. They then returned by canoe, saying hello to the lady of the lake (they’ll explain this when they return).

WETHERLAM

Wetherlam took the Canadian canoes out and after rafting them together, undertook some challenging activities, including passing through a hula hoop. They persevered in gusty conditions, finally ending up close to where they started. Mrs Wilson commented that the children used exceptional teamwork to complete their tasks.

After pizza and wedges for dinner, our evening activity involved a great deal of running around, designed to get children off to sleep as early as possible. The game was called ‘Aliens’ which involved physical, mental and tactical skills, also requiring an excellent memory.

Evening drinks finished the long day off and the children went straight off to sleep on the dot of ??? o’clock.

We all Ghyll Scramble tomorrow!

TUESDAY

When you’re up to your neck in a Lakeland mountain river, you don’t tend to notice a bit of rain. This was the general view of our children, as the whole class did Ghyll Scrambling today. Given the option of staying half dry, most went for the full immersion version. But this was only half the day’s activities for each group. Here’s what happened…

CONISTON

Coniston started the day by canoeing over the lake and climbing a hill to reach the rock climbing venue. Everyone took part in scaling a near-vertical slab, and each one trusted another team member to hold the supporting rope on the way up. The views from the top were worthwhile. In the afternoon, the group went to Church Beck for Ghyll Scrambling, spending most of the time waist-deep in water of a ‘refreshing’ temperature. The afternoon finished with everyone plunging into a deep pool and swimming across and some going down a natural water chute – video evidence available on request!

SWIRL HOW

Swirl Howl have set the Waterpark record for the greatest number of outfit changes and showers taken during the day because the children were scheduled two water activities. Highlights of the morning activities in the Ghyll included the children being dunked backwards into the waterfall and jumping into deep pools. The heavy rain and wind in the afternoon didn’t dampen the children’s enthusiasm for canoeing in Coniston Water. The children enjoyed the boat races retrieving rubber balls from the water.

BROWN PIKE

Our instructor Alex calls us ‘Brilliant Brown Pikes’ as so we are, as we began the day on the Low Ropes. We traversed through a network of ropes, swings and bridges as the children developed their confidence in overcoming tricky challenges together. Orienteering was a huge success as the children navigated their way around the grounds of the now very familiar Water Park site.  After lunch, the children were extremely excited to be going Ghyll Scrambling in Tilberthwaite.  The first task of getting changed into the wetsuits was quite challenging for some, including Miss Griffin who relishes this activity each year! Whilst scrambling in the Ghyll the children took pleasure in jumping into the streams and the staff delighted in witnessing them laughing and giggling.

WETHERLAM

After a very hearty breakfast, we headed off to Tilberthwaite and the children enjoyed the journey where they found out a great deal of information about Coniston Water and the world record set by Donald Campbell. During the Ghyll Scrambling, the children were set many challenges, one of which included balancing a rock on the back of their hand and scramble up the Ghyll without dropping it! As the children proceeded up the terrain, they became very supportive of one another and great teamwork was observed by our leader, Campbell. As part of Mrs Wilson’s initiation process, she had to become the welly retriever and for all her efforts ice cold water was poured over her from the welly. In the afternoon, the children experienced the indoor dizzy heights of the indoor climbing wall. The instructors set the children a variety of tasks included being blindfolded, where children had to demonstrate the trust in their other group members.

Despite the forecast being wet and windy, the weather remained quiet enough for an outdoor 'intelligence' game to keep everyone occupied and entertained. This followed on from an eveing meal of pasta and meatballs and sticky toffee pudding. Things were finished off with a memory game during which the teachers were amazed how well the children could remember random things, yet do not always manage this with their tables and spellings!

Time for bed - a couple of big journey days tomorrow!

WEDNESDAY

CONISTON

All week, the children have been asking to climb a mountain, and today they got their wish. The Old Man of Coniston is the highest mountain in the area at nearly 900 metres, and today, the top 50 metres of it were scraping the base of the clouds.

Although not as steep as the sheer rock face climb yesterday, this was a lot longer, and the weather more challenging. Ian, their leader was impressed with the speed at which they ascended, which allowed them time to descend by a more technical steep route. Lunch was taken in two sittings; one before the summit, and another, in an emergency tent just below the summit at the beginning of the descent (the only emergency being that they were hungry)

The day finished with a session on the low ropes, only 1 metre off the ground rather than the heights of a Lakeland Summit!

SWIRL HOW

Swirl How started the day by warming up on the Low Ropes enjoying fun and games on the zip wire and obstacles together.  The children were then challenged by the indoor rock climbing as they negotiated a range of activities to build up their confidence and stamina.  They excelled at using the ropes to reach the dizzy heights of the top of the wall and were very  pleased  with  themselves in doing so!

The afternoon was spent sailing on Coniston Water.  The children quickly grasped the basics and were soon tacking across the wind managing to travel a very great distance down the lake.  Our instructor was impressed with the children’s abilities and enthusiasm, and Mrs Waterfield was quite overwhelmed by the sheer pleasure they took in seeing who could sail the fastest! They laughed and giggled their way up, down and across the lake and couldn’t resist trying to get each other wet and then finally jumped off the jetty as they  returned the boat at the end of the session- funny that!

BROWN PIKE

Today was Brown Pike’s Journey Day so they kitted themselves up and began by sailing down Coniston Lake to Peel Island.  They played a quick game of hide and seek, got back on the boat, sailed further down and finally disembarked for their journey back to Water Park by foot.  They navigated through the forest and climbed hills to reach home- a journey of some 7 hours.  Lunch was taken en route and Miss Griffin was very much appreciated as she gave out chocolate bars to sustain the children on the final leg! All the children showed remarkable stamina and endurance and experienced a real sense of achievement.  Well done Brilliant Brown Pikes!

WETHERLAM

After adorning ourselves in our many layers we headed off down to Coniston water for a morning of sailing. The first new learning skill was how to rig up the sail, attach the boom and set up the rudder correctly. Once afloat there was a westerly wind which made the manoeuvring across the water a little more challenging. With sheer determination, perseverance and superb team work, the children managed. It was great to see the sheer delight on their faces when then all safely returned to shore at their achievement. 
After lunch the children put their great orienteering & map reading skills to the test , trying to find hidden co-ordinates around the grounds . They had tremendous fun competing against one another. 
 Next on the agenda was the high ropes!! The 6 metre pole did not look that high when we were all standing at the bottom of it!!! The children gave themselves their own goals and with the fantastic support and teamwork they gave each other, they all achieved what they set out to do . Even Mrs Wilson had a go.  We ended our day with a problem-solving game which involved a golf ball and some plastic tubes . A great day was had by all. 

THURSDAY

Today we braced ourselves for the storm that never came. Doris decided to bypass us to the south, leaving us with a quiet day, allowing all activities to proceed as normal. Here we go for the last full day of action.

CONISTON

Coniston had the luxury of a roof over their heads for their morning climbing activity. From traversing at low level to climbing and abseiling the full height of the climbing wall, the children worked in groups to keep each other safe. The limbo traverse was particularly popular, requiring them to duck under a low pole without touching the ground.

During the afternoon, the group rafted together canoes for a high-speed trip down the Lake, being towed by a speed boat. Although the way back was slower, it took a lot of skill to use impromptu sails made from paddles and tents to travel under the power of the wind.

Coniston had the luxury of a roof over their heads for their morning climbing activity. From traversing at low level to climbing and abseiling the full height of the climbing wall, the children worked in groups to keep each other safe. The limbo traverse was particularly popular, requiring them to duck under a low pole without touching the ground.

During the afternoon, the group rafted together canoes for a high-speed trip down the Lake, being towed by a speed boat. Although the way back was slower, it took a lot of skill to use impromptu sails made from paddles and tents to travel under the power of the wind.

BROWN PIKE

Brown Pike team headed to Coniston Water to experience kayaking for the first time. Alex, our instructor complimented the children on how good their kayaking skills were, despite the winds and rain. They managed to balance, steer and complete 360 turns! As is customary here at Waterpark, the children jumped off the jetty into Coniston Water #crazykids. After lunch, the children experienced bouldering (not throwing rocks at each other) in the indoor climbing wall. They then moved onto scaling the wall on the ropes, where all the children reached the top feeling extremely proud of themselves! 

SWIRL HOW

Swirl Howl prepared for their journey day by packing their rucksacks with essential items for their day out walking in the fells and exploring Little Langdale Quarry. Much of our kit was used to keep us warm and protect us from the rain (in fact the children loved being out in the rain and splashing in the puddles).The children enjoyed squelching through the bogs trying to keep their balance and keep their wellies on. The children were eager to explore the quarry once we arrived and were excited to have their lunch in a ‘cave’.  The children challenged themselves to walk in pitch black in the tunnels, and negotiate the rocks underfoot. After the visit to the Quarry, the children were left to make their own way back to the minibus using a map (unknown to them staff were keeping a watchful eye on them from a distance). Arriving back at Waterpark we did a final stop at the Kennels, where we had hot squash and a chocolate treat from Mrs Waterfield.

WETHERLAM

It all  started with the  children making their own sandwiches (at which they have now become semi-professionals) 
Breakfast went down a treat this morning - they loved the bacon butties - then it was off to to get kitted out for our Journey Day. We hiked up the mountain at a steady pace taking in the beautiful waterfalls and spectacular scenery . The highlight of our Journey  Day was exploring the Quarry and caves by torch light . One of the challenges the children had to encounter involved gaining the trust of one another by  placing one hand on the cave wall and with the other hand placed on the backpack of the child in front, they then had to follow each other in the pitch black and navigate their way through tunnels.
To finish our successful day, the children had great fun on the low ropes. I would like to thank my group of children  and all of year 6 for making my first experience of  Water Park such a memorable one . Mrs Wilson

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FRIDAY

CONISTON

This morning, Coniston got through three activities - the climbing pole, orienteering and going on the big catamaran for lunch. Thanks to Ian for leading us through the week.

SWIRL HOW

During the morning, Swirl How took part in problem solving and high ropes activities, including the climbing pole. It was a great end to a wonderful week with their intructors April and Gary...thanks to both of you!

BROWN PIKE

Brown Pike spent time this morning on the Lake in the Catamaran, enjoying the excellent weather conditions with their instructor, Alex, who has guided and cared for them during the week. Thanks, Alex!

WETHERLAM

Wethelam took the Voyager canoe down Coniston Water. The water was incredibly calm. They landed and spent time tackling a rural orienteering course, before returning for their lunch. Throughout the week, they have been guided by their instructor, Campbell. Thanks, Campbell for enverything that you have done for us this week!

 

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