Thursday 17th March
Thankfully this morning the sun was shining when we woke for our final day at Stubbington. It was after our filling breakfasts that we were told that another room inspection would be carried out. (Miss Bennett even suggested that this could continue at home, though some of us weren't so keen!)
For our first activity, we were saddened to hear that a small, remarkably local and perfectly timed Earthquake had hit Stubbington! We were shaken but knew we could help. After a quick discussion where we could show off our knowledge of tectonic plates and Tsunami waves, we decided on what equipment would help us most in a natural disaster. We collected said resources before we set off to the disaster zone. Here, we found a course with a myriad of obstacles to navigate whilst carrying: a rations box, a first aid kit, a clipboard and phone, a water bottle, a spade and a ladder! We were really called on to use our Learning Heroes, and hopefully we did Determinator proud! It all then culminated with a dangerous swing across the Lava Leap!
After filling ourselves with lunch, and with a third and final visit to the tuck shop, we then set off for our Seaside Walk with Madagascar class too. We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather! Our walk took us across Salterns Park and along the beach and then further along to Hill Head Beach. We collected some sea shells and talked about them with our expert guide from Stubbington. We learned about long shore drift, and how they use groynes to stop the beach being washed away. There was a bit of Victorian history too, when we walked past some beach huts and discussed the Victorian bathing huts. It's amazing how rich the history is around the local area! When we returned to the centre, we were amazed to realise we'd walked nearly 3 miles!
Following dinner, we had another diary entry this evening and then our team challenge. This game was called Labyrinth and we needed to cross through the maze without setting off any traps/noises. It was a real test of memory as we needed to recall where our team mates had stepped, and some of us were better than others.
The day finished with a wide game where we had to track down some naughty pirates, some tasty dinner and supper.
Our class were also lucky to visit the hide this evening, and we were immediately greeted by a very happy badger chomping on our leftover waffles from dinner time! Lots of us had never seen a badger so close before, and we were amazed when three more joined it. There was even a sneaky fox creeping around too, and we had to be so quiet as its ears were very alert.
We've had a magical week here at Stubbington and there are lots of very excited children who cannot wait to share their experience when they come home tomorrow!
Wednesday 16th March
We awoke this morning to the slight pitter-patter of rain drops, although thankfully this didn't dampen our enthusiasm! After another delicious and filling breakfast, which was followed by high scores for our room inspections, we donned our wet weather gear and moved to our first activity for the day.
It began with an investigation into any possible visitors to our small mammal hotels. Kenya class were very excited to find lots of the hotel doors had closed which suggested nocturnal visitors.
Excitingly, our class managed to collect SIX little rodents: four Long Tailed Field Mice, one Yellow Neck Mouse and one Bank Vole. We were incredibly lucky to look closely at these animals, and marvel at their differing features. We discussed how long the tails of the Long Tailed Field Mice were and how this helped them balance. The Bank Vole had a shorter tail and the Yellow Neck Mouse had a lovely golden flash under his chin. Names were given to these creatures before they were released back into their natural habitat.
After lunch, we had our Eggstreme Challenge where teamwork really was the name of the game. Despite the rain we decided to 'whisk' going outside where we had to complete some challenges to earn tokens. There was no chance for 'yolking' about as we needed to use all our School Learning Heroes to help us! With our tokens, we then had to spend them to create an 'eggcellent' transportation device for our egg to keep it safe and intact! They were then put into a trebuchet and fired by a member of Stubby Staff into the sky, and it's best to say that two of our eggs were very 'shell shocked' to break into smithereens!
After dinner we had another diary entry this evening, our team challenge was to cross an icy lake to go to the polar bear party. Sadly the ice was melting and we had to hop from iceberg to iceberg to reach the other side without falling into the water. This required a lot of communication and team work skills.
The day finished with a wide game, some tasty dinner and supper and with lots of wet coats hanging in the drying rooms. Tomorrow our class will be going to the hide and hopefully we'll spot some animals. (And hopefully Miss Bennett's 'eggstraoadinarily' bad puns will stop!)
Tuesday 15th March:
Fortunately for us, after our first night at Stubbington the day dawned bright and sunny! Breakfast was amazing, with such a big range of food, and it certainly fuelled us for the day. Before any activities though, we had to have our first room inspection! (We hope this doesn't give our adults any ideas!!) The Stubbington Staff came to check our beds had been made properly and that our cubby holes were neat and tidy. Some of us were better than others but by the end of the week we're sure to be the tidiest children Stubbington have ever seen!
Our first activity this morning was orienteering, where we were shown how to use a compass. It was really interesting, as we learnt about Ned the North arrow and how he likes to rest in his bed! We had to remember to follow the direction of travel and not the north arrow, and we used this to guide us to different letters on the tennis courts. After this, we had den building in the woodland. Here we learnt some basic knots, like a clove hitch, and then worked together like Collaborator to make dens from the given materials. They were then tested when a "storm" hit that specific part of the woods - throwing exact cupfuls of water to test our shelters! Thankfully they were so well-constructed that our "storm" was a little disappointed!
After lunch, we had a visit to the tuck shop where we spent some of our pocket money. The afternoon activities began by exploring the conservation area to look for any signs that wildlife lived there. We spotted an amazing badger sett, lots of prints and even droppings. From these clues, we had to work out which animal they belonged to. Next we set up small mammal hotels which we've placed in the woodland to stay overnight. We left them a warm bed of hay, some food and some apple for them to drink from. Did you know that apples hold a lot of water for our small mammals?
Our evening teamwork activity involved using a plastic robot arm to write with. This was tricky and took us a lot of Determination and Collaboration to get it to work! Happily we were really successful! After dinner and writing in our diaries, we were treated to a talk from local photographer Dennis Bright who showed us all his amazing photos of local wildlife. Some of the baby animals were so cute - we were very impressed with him.
Now we're off to have a good sleep and hopefully our small mammal hotels will have some furry visitors come morning!
Monday 14th March:
And so our Stubbington adventure begins! After a smooth journey, we unloaded our bags and headed to our dormitories. Here, we began the tricky job of unpacking our clothes and organising them neatly into our own cubby holes. After an introduction and practise fire drill, we had our first meal at Stubbington which was delicious! This afternoon, we headed down to the beach where we did a range of activities. We set up rockpools full of different creatures. Some of us even found a baby crab, who scuttled around happily in his temporary home! Whilst the rock pools were settling, we did some fossil hunting where we found fossils there were 30-50 million years old! One of us was lucky enough to find a fossilised shark's tooth! We returned for our first free time before a class teamwork challenge. We had to be like all our Norwood learning heroes to make Tangram pictures, which we found a bit of a challenge! We had more food followed by writing our postcards (look out for them in the next few days) before we had a wildlife talk to get us ready for the week. We finished with supper and showers before bed. We are all excited for more activities tomorrow!