Day 4 of our residential is all but up and the children have had another day which was packed full of fun, fun, fun!
At different points of the day (depending on their group) all of the children got to experience Raft Building and Trapeze. Although both activities challenged the children, they did so in different ways…
Raft building relied on a myriad of skills: listening (their instructors taught them some knots which were needed to hold their rafts together); teamwork (the children worked together to build their rafts; it was not possible to build a buoyant raft without everyone's input); communication (whilst working together clear communication was crucial to the success of the task in hand: building a raft); bravery (they had to actually use their raft to paddle across a lake).
Trapeze required the children to be brave: They had to climb approximately 10 metres high onto a small platform (this was approximately half a metre square). Then the children had to jump from the platform into the air and try to grab a trapeze bar (this about 1 metre from the platform and suspended approximately 10 metres in the air).
Although some of the activities for some groups were those experienced by other groups earlier in the week (Sensory Trail and Crate Challenge), some of the groups experienced new activities too. The two new activities were Vertical Challenge and Survivor. Vertical Challenge was exactly as its name suggests: the children had to climb vertically upwards to a height of approximately 20 metres; the climb up involved a rope ladder, a tyre wall / ladder, a climbing wall and some netting. Survivor challenged the children to think about what they would need to survive in a dire situation; they had a go at building waterproof shelters in a wooded area; they were only allowed to use a sheet of tarpaulin and natural materials found on the woodland floor. Then they created fire using a flint and piece of steel. Both tasks were harder than they first appeared.
Perhaps the most important thing that happened today was that two of our children celebrated their eleventh birthdays with us. They were each given a card signed by all of the instructors here at PGL Liddington and everyone sang them Happy Birthday. Everyone here at Liddington wants to wish Nasir and Adam A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY and however they celebrate over the weekend we wish for them to have a FANTASTIC TIME!
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