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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Curriculum: Teaching and Learning

Y6 Kingswood Residential - Mr Morris

This week has probably been a bit quiet in school as Miss Kyle, Miss Shah, Mrs Mitchell and myself took 40 Year 6 children off to the Kingswood activity centre near Wolverhampton.  We were lucky to have an exceptional group leader called Joe who made our stay a pleasure, despite taking everything the November weather could throw at us (I don’t envy the laundry for Y6 parents this weekend).  


In spite of the cold, wind and rain, we had a great time participating in the usual wide variety of activities.  The climbing activities were even better than usual after a recent upgrade; zip wire and laser tag were as popular as ever. Oh, and a new (to us) playground game called ‘Chaos Tag’ made a great impression on the children. 

As always, these trips are magic for the memorable moments: the huge grins after getting to the top of the climbing wall, the feeling of achievement after plucking up the courage to do the zip wire, or simply hanging out with friends in the dorms (I think some children would happily have done this all week).    We dealt with smiles, laughs and tears, and I think everyone found out something new about each other (I never knew that Miss Shah was such a whiz at archery!)  The children were a credit to themselves, their parents and the school and showed great resilience in dealing with the full-on programme of activities in the cold and wet.  


With his governor’s hat on, Mr Hogg came out to support and observe for the last three days, which allowed all of the teaching staff to have a little downtime - thank you.  He also brought chocolate hobnobs, and will therefore be welcome to come again. During the visit, the team had some useful discussions about developing the trip in the future and will act on these when we have all caught up on our sleep!


Thank you to Mrs Pounder and Miss Kyle for the organisation of the visit - a huge amount went on behind the scenes (and during the visit itself, often late into the evening) to make sure that the children had the best experience possible.  See you all back on Monday as long as we don't oversleep!