It was a little later today when sleepy faces began to emerge and the consensus was that a good nights sleep had been had by all, the fresh air is certainly working it’s magic here in Norfolk.
Showers taken, rooms tidied we headed for breakfast. As we sat eating we chatted about the previous evening and our walk, one young man saying,
“I just loved it Miss” and then going on to explain “I got to see planets and everything!”
Energy replenished it was off to gather everything we needed to “Explore the Rocky Shore”.
We set off with the whole class together, we joined a brief stretch of the North Norfolk Coast Path ( a route that runs from Hunstanton at the western end to Sea Palling in the east). Then after a safety briefing we headed onto the Site of Special Scientific Interest (an SSSI) West Runton Beach where there are often fossils and a Mammoth was found preserved in the cliff in 1990. We split into teams of 3 or 4 and with nets and identification keys in hand we began to explore the rock pools. We found many creatures, sea anemones, periwinkles, crabs of all kinds and sizes including a rare find for this beach of a spider crab, tiny fish, limpets, barnacles and so much more. Some were placed for short time in a tray of sea water so we could all see them more closely before we returned them to their habitat.
We were all excited by the many finds and spent some time talking about adaptations, linking this to the Year 6 topic on Darwin. We noticed that shrimp were translucent which helped them to almost disappear in the clear shallow waters.
After returning from the beach we had one final challenge before lunch. It was time for the bottle rocket challenge and if you could protect and preserve your balloon …..one of the adults was getting wet! Out of 6 groups just one balloon survived and poor Mr Caton got soaked !
After lunch we had a slight spot of rescheduling for one group as the wind speed was too high on the top of the tower for Group 3 to abseil today so they swapped to take up tool skills, with abseiling rescheduled for tomorrow. The other ground based groups for Leap of Faith and Jacobs Ladder headed to the tower area. One young man from Mr Caton’s Group 5 made it right to the top of the whole ladder a phenomenal achievement and there was much cheering, encouragement and teamwork. Many of Group 4 with Mrs Bishop and Mrs Kouzel took a “Leap of Faith ” including Mrs Kouzel and Mr Caton! In abseiling which happily resumed from 4pm Miss Randall and Mr Caton were seen descending the tower along with many brave children many of whom were overcoming fears and growing in confidence in fromt of our eyes.
It was a truly amazing and exhilarating afternoon and the adults were all very proud of Year 6. Several children were so determined that having not quite made the top on their first go or taking a leap, they headed back for a second attempt -everyone of them improving on their starting point, some great examples of Growth Mindset in action and there was a huge amount of support from their teams on the sidelines.
After dinner and some free time resting and playing we ended the evening with Mini Olympics -hilarious races and challenges in the Quad. Then we were all more than ready to get some rest. With such an exciting day there are far more photos to share than we can upload via slow Wifi on one blog so we will save them carefully to share even more examples back at school.
Tomorrow brings more beach adventures and bushcraft including how to light our very own fires among other highlights!