A couple of weeks ago, my 8 year old daughter went on her year 4 residential. I’m very pleased that she has let me share her story with you here. The words are all her own, Mummy has just typed them to speed things up a bit.
It was quite a short journey – it took about 45 minutes to the Forest of Dean. When we got there, we had a talk with the owner of the centre and they sent us up to our rooms. We had to make our beds and then we were told that the fire alarm would go off and we have to go to the nearest bedroom with a door with steps running down, basically a massive window that can be used for a door. When the fire drill was finished, we went down to the lounge and were told which groups we were in. Then we had to wait for the bell for lunch. We had lunch – rolls, fruit, crisps and chocolate. I had four whole rolls and everyone else had two. Nobody wanted them, so I thought I might as well have them. I did need them because then we went on a walk.
My group went on a nature walk and went to do some pond dipping. You get into groups of three and one person has the net and the other two have a bowl. The person with the net has to put it in the water and tip it into the bowl to see if we find anything. If we find anything, we have to put it in the bowl. We have a sheet to try and work out what it is. Then the next person has the net and the next person has the net. We found a great diving beetle and a tiny newt. Mostly what we kept getting was a load of green mess.
Then we kept walking and went to the forest and had to go into partners. We had to look around for bugs and put them in a bucket. We found a woodlouse. The other insects didn’t want to go into our bucket. We tried to get them in, but they wouldn’t! Then it started raining and we had to go on a long walk back to the centre.
We went into the lounge and we heard the bell to go for tea and it was fish and chips. Then we went back to our rooms to get ready for the night walk and we put fluorescent jackets on. We set off and we weren’t allowed our torches on. We had to bring them, but we weren’t allowed them on. We heard an owl a few times and we heard a weird bird. We kept walking and we looked at these dens the other group had made and then we went back.
We went to bed at 10 o’clock and went to sleep at half past 11.
The next day we went stream dipping. We walk in the stream in our wellies and there was a really strong current. Your wellies were full of water. I could squeeze my socks and loads of water came out. We tipped our wellies out into the stream. A few of us fell in. We caught creatures using a net and looked at them in a microscope. We walked back for lunch and we had the same things.
Then we went tunnelling. You’re in this shed and there are quite a few tunnels and some of them you hardly fit in. We had to try to find our way through and not get to dead ends. There was a slide and me and my best friend managed to get there first and get down the slide. Then you have to run back up.
Then we went back into the forest and did den building. We used big sticks and balanced them on a tree. We made a massive doorway and swept leaves and twigs away from it. We put loads of bracken on top. Then we walked back for tea. It was roast dinner. I ate most of it, I liked the roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings and chicken, but I hate peas and carrots.
Then we went out across the road to the campfire. We sat around on benches with the fire in the middle and we had burgers and toasted marshmallows. Then we went back and went to bed. We went to bed at the same time and this time we got straight to sleep.
We woke up and had breakfast, then we were told which activities we were doing. My group did the zip wire and the climbing wall (the best activities). First we did the zip wire and I was the only one who wanted to go first. We were really high up. We had to unclip ourselves to go down. Then we did the climbing wall. We had to have a lesson on how to get your friends up and down. We had to pull a rope to get them up. Then we went up and I was the first one to reach the top. Then others reached the top. Your friends lowered you to get down and you were just bouncing and bashing yourself on the wall. You had to lean back. It was hard.
We went back for lunch and then we got on the coach to go home.
It was a really good trip.