I was woken up by the sound of the hoover this morning. Part of me was impressed and the other part could not believe it was half past seven already! The boys got an early start on the hoovering, while the girls opted to clean out their bin and make their beds first. Once the excitement of cleaning had worn off, we headed off for breakfast. A hearty breakfast of bacon and fried eggs was waiting for us today. It went down very well, with most of the group looking to sneak seconds!
Our first activity of the day was mountain biking. Ann-Marie explained to everyone what equipment they would need for this activity then took us outside to show us the route that we would be taking.
Once we had all of the gear and our bikes we lined up for a quick practise and then headed off into the forest.
All of the children enjoyed going down the hills and through the puddles, however, peddling up the hills was “a lot harder than going downhill!” This was a shock to some of the group!
We arrived back at the centre covered in mud and ready for lunch. After a quick brush down of the mud we refuelled with some cheese and ham rolls, pasta and salad. We then had enough time for a short go on the play equipment before we headed back out go orienteering in the woods.
Ann-Marie split the children into two teams, gave them a map, and then asked them to find their way around the woodland, finding the different markers shown on the map. The children were on excellent behaviour and cooperated well within their groups, as well as being polite to the members of the public they saw.
After we have finished the orienteering, we the carried out some conservation work to help us work towards the John Muir award. As part of the conservation work the children helped to clear a section of the woodland, removing brambles, making it more accessible for the public. This also helps the other plants within the forest to grow. All of the children were enthusiastic and got stuck in to this activity!
The children have had a roast for tea! The majority of them went back for seconds, it was lovely! The children have just been to visit the shop and are currently diary writing. They are all in good spirits and are still full of energy!
We will be arriving back around half past three tomorrow. If this time changes, we will let you know. See you tomorrow…