On Friday 21 June, a very excited group of Year 5 children and their teachers set off bright and early on their adventure to Patterdale Hall, on Ullswater, in the Lake District.
On arrival, the sun was shining and, from the outset, it was clear that it was going to be a brilliant day. Once the children had met their instructors and stowed away their rucksacks, the fun began.
During the morning, one of the groups had a fabulous time gorge-walking and showed plenty of true grit and adventurous spirit as they braved the cold waters, clambering over rocks, wading through white water and jumping into deeper pools from impressive heights.
Meanwhile, the other two groups of children hiked up to higher ground, where their first challenge of the day was rock-climbing. With the help of their excellent instructors, the children showed great determination and resilience as they scaled the rock-face and then abseiled down again so confidently.
Beautiful Ullswater was the back-drop to their climbing experience; the scenery was breathtaking in the sunshine!
After a very civilised picnic lunch in the grounds of Patterdale Hall, the children swapped activities and they enjoyed an equally fun-packed afternoon.
What could be a better way for them to spend a day than to be out in the fresh air with their friends, trying something new and often challenging themselves to step out of their comfort zone?
All of the children and staff were reunited over pizza and chips in the dining room, and there was a real buzz of excitement and much chatter about the day. “This is the best Year 5 trip!” were words which echoed around the dining room. Another super day packed with fun memories, and a happy group of children who returned to school sun-kissed, satisfied, smiling and, maybe, just a little bit sleepy…