Despite a rather late night, most children were up and ready for the day by half past seven. Breakfast was amazing: cereals, toast, beans, bacon and sauté potatoes. Some of the children even had four breakfasts - no names mentioned , Korinna - and then it was time for our first activity.
Rowe's Rockets had the climbing tower . Everyone had a go but Gabrielle proved herself to be half girl, half spider by reaching the top three times! Our next activity was karting. It really made our legs burn. Bradleigh was a speed demon, catching everyone and winning lots of races.
After a hearty lunch of tomato pasta and soup and rolls, we headed to the wild wood for den building. This time it was time for boys against girls. Both dens were good but we think the girls' one was better.
Other groups did archery; Mrs Bell managed two bullseyes! Mr Watkins tried to have a go on the go-karts but he had to have children push him because his legs were too long! Mr Watkins, Mr Roberts and Mrs Rowe had a race . Mr Roberts came first but was disqualified for not going the full distance so Mrs Rowe won whilst Mr Watkins was left in the pits.
Other groups did Breakout and Mysterious missions.
Dinner was really delicious. Lots of people had fish and chips but other people had the other options : salad or veggie burgers.
Afterwards we went back to our chalets and had a tidiness inspection. Mrs Rowe said they weren't all that bad. The girls chalets were best behaved but in the end the boys were quite good. Just after the inspections some people played cricket whilst other people did gymnastics. Groups one two and three played cricket ,football and It's a knockout, whilst the other groups went on the night hike. Finally, we all got together for an awards ceremony and headed back to our brightly lit chalets for what is, hopefully, a quieter night!
By Korinna and Macy
Our first day at In2Action has come to an end and we are all - finally - settled in our beds. We were very excited this morning and spent the time playing games in our activity groups. We had an early lunch and then, at last, it was time for us to get on the bus.
When we arrived at Thorness Bay, we were met by the In2Action staff who we'll be spending the next few days with. We had a tour of the site, played some games and then , finally, we found out who we were sharing chalets with. Phew! We are all happy with our chalet mates. After unpacking, some of us played cards, some of us sang songs and some of us even cleaned our windows and swept our steps!
Then it was time for dinner which was great. Everyone ate loads, even the fussy eaters! Next, it was time for our evening activities and we were split into two groups. Some of us went for a walk in the wild wood protecting ourselves from Drop Bears by sporting twigs on our heads. It worked! None of us saw one! We played with magic, floating sticks; jumped over ravines and sang silly songs. The other group played It's a Knockout and learnt loads of new skills.
And so to bed. We started getting ready at about 9 o'clock.... The walkie talkies are great; we press th e button and one of the grown ups from school comes running. They're still walking about now, checking we're asleep ....
Well, the end of the week has arrived. Our adventure at Kingswood seems to have gone very quickly, which is a sign that we have really been enjoying ourselves. Friday saw the last few activities in the morning before we all departed for home.
Amongst the final activities were laser storm - which saw teams of children pitting themselves against each other in a tactical game of 'shoot 'em up', and Jacob's Ladder - a giant ladder constructed from a series of horizontal wooden beams that got gradually further apart from each other. The children had to work in pairs to climb the ladder and get as high up as they could.
Having packed their bags full of dirty, sweaty, muddy and smelly clothes (parents get the washing powder ready!), we all embarked on the long drive home from Kent to Portsmouth and then on to the ferry for the last leg back to the island.
The children have had a wonderful week and have all conducted themselves impeccably. They have thrown themselves into everything Kingswood had to offer, supported and encouraged each other every step of the way, and shown politeness and good manners throughout. They have represented Carisbrooke CE Primary superbly, doing themselves and their school proud. The adventure is over, but the wonderful memories will last forever. Well done Year 6!
Our third full day at Kingswood has seen a mixture of technical teamwork challenges, more high wire adrenaline, and a big party at the Carisbrooke Primary Kingswood disco!
Today the children have been orienteering, using their map reading skills to find their way around the complex and locate different clues to solve a puzzle. They also pitted their skills against each other as they formed teams in 'Team Tech' and attempted to build the highest free standing tower they possibly could. The 'Crate Stack' was a hilarious activity that involved strapping children up into their harnesses and getting them to climb a huge stack of crates that was being built for them by their team mates, attempting to get as high as possible before the stack collapsed in a spectacular heap!
Other highlights today included the team challenge assault course, with its mixture of rope swings, mini-zip wires, climbing wall, balancing poles and scrambling nets, aswell as abseiling. The abseiling once again got the children's knees knocking as they dangled precariously over the edge of the giant tower and bounced their way down to Earth.
Thursday's finale was the disco, which gave the children the chance to put on their party clothes and strut their stuff on the dance floor. We Cha Cha slid, Gangnam Styled and Macarena'd our way thought he evening, with Mrs Denne snapping piccys of the children in their finery and Mr Smith busting his moves on the floor!
Tomorrow sees the last round of activities in the morning before we all depart for home. The laser storm, Jacobs Ladder and other delights await us in the morning, so we will be getting ready for action one last time!
Wow! It truly has been Wonderful Wednesday at Kingswood for Carisbrooke Primary! Definitely our most full on, action packed, adventurous day yet, the children have been testing their nerve with an array of high octane, high wire daredevil challenges!
More children tackled the giant zip wire today, with three children at a time racing down the triple wire in an extravaganza of speed! After all the children had zoomed down Mrs Herbert was seen (and heard) to wiz by in a blur! Lots of children conquered their fear of heights on this challenge today, with special mention going out to Kaycie-Leigh Butler and Jessica Squibb who were both particularly brave!
The High Equilibrium proved to be a nerve wracking climb up to a wobbly see-saw, with 2 children at a time attempting to balance themselves before duelling and trying to knock each other off! Celine Le Floch was like a squirrel scampering up to the top, bravely dancing on top of the see-saw before jumping off and being brought back down to Earth to claps and cheers from her friends.
Quad biking was a winner, with children tearing up the track all day. Special mention goes out to Alex Jones and Tom Lavell for showing particular good teamwork and leadership skills, having shown great technique on the quads and then cheering on and supporting their friends.
However, without a doubt, the biggest favourite of the day was the infamous 'Leap of Faith', which had everyone quaking in their boots at what lay before them. A tricky climb up a narrow, precarious and extremely high pole, holding onto small hand and foot holds all the way up, only to be greeted by an extremely difficult clamber up onto an exposed square wooden platform the size of a postage stamp with absolutely nothing to hold onto, followed by the 'leap of faith' out into the sky to try and reach for a bar and hang in the air with nothing but air between you and the ground! All the children were very brave. Here, Kyle Doulson was a superstar, making his way right to the top, as was Jack Cook who conquered his fear of heights. Quote of the day goes to May Zaimi with "I'm not going to be beaten by a piece of wood," and Molly F White did a fantastic job of stopping her knees knocking before leaping off the top! Not wanting to miss out on the action, Mr Watkins attacked the leap of faith too, singing a song at the top before leaping out and grabbing the bar! Watch this space on the blog for all the day's photos- we are working away each night after the children have gone to bed to try and upload as many pictures as we can!
The two birthday girls Maggie Downey and Megan Turner celebrated their birthday with balloons, banners and cake, and were serenaded by the year group with a chorus of 'Happy Birthday'. Miss Unsworth and Mr Watkins had different ideas about what appropriate attire was in the chilly afternoon / semi - drizzle, with Miss Unsworth wrapped up from head to toe in winter woollys and Mr Watkins walking around in short sleeved T-Shirt (check the bog for photo coming soon!) The day ended with a 'mini-Olympics' featuring all sorts of crazy team challenges. Holly Curtis, Molly White and William Rowe were among those putting on an excellent performance in the comedy acting challenge, while Maggie Downey was a speed demon on the space hoppers!
It really has been a truly amazing day, and ALL the children have had a wonderful day, taking part, conquering their fears, and encouraging, helping and cheering on their friends. They have been a credit to themselves and a credit to their school. They are all going to bed tonight thoroughly worn out, with huge smiles on their faces. And yes ... We will be doing it all over again tomorrow!
Year 6 have had a fantastic, action packed day at Kingswood! Through the cold, the pouring rain and the mud the children have jumped, climbed, swung, bounced, swam, slid and slithered their way through the day.
It has been an action packed day of activities. The Snowstorms and Downpours conquered their fears on the giant zip wire, zipping down from the giant tower to the groud below. The Whirlwinds had a daredevil high wire adrenaline rush on the 3G Swing, dropping from a great height at great speed! The Hurricanes attacked Jacob's Ladder - a terrifying sky high climbing and balancing activity, before doing battle in the indoor laser challenge!
However, the teachers' pick of the day had to be 'Nightline' - where the children had to tackle a challenging and gruelling assault course. Blindfolded. In the mud. Lots of mud! They had to slip, slither, slide and crawl their way through muddy ditches, tunnels and obstacles whilst being pelted with horrible goo and grunge - a teacher's favourite and one which has produced some funny photographs! Many of the children were seen trudge back to base with mud and gunge dripping from their heads, but with huge smiles on their faces!
All the children also went swimming today, splashing around in the pool and having a game of water polo. Finally, the evening activity was an intriguing murder mystery challenge in which the children became super sleuths for the evening. The scheming Miss Penelope (played by Mrs Herbert) turned out to be the murderer!
The children will sleep well tonight, ready to do it all over gain tomorrow! Keep checking the blog for new photos of all our Kingswood antics!
Year 6 have arrived at Kingswood! After a slightly rocky ferry journey and a three hour coach trip, 50 very excited children (and 5 very excited big children) began exploring. After a tour of the complex everyone checked into their rooms, found out their activities groupings and set about the business of having some serious fun!
Mrs Herbert's Hurricanes got to grips with some fencing, Mrs Denne's Downpours and Mr Smith's Snowstorms attacked the giant climbing wall, while Mr Watkins' Whirlwinds had a frantic game of aeroball! After dinner we all then sat around the campfire to sing songs, play games and have hot chocolate and marshmallows in the rain.
All the children are now warm, dry and snoozing away, ready for their first full day of adventure tomorrow. A whole raft of activities lay ahead, including swimming, climbing, zip wiring, quad biking, orienteering and the dreaded 'leap of faith'!
Check out this blog throughout the week for updates on our activities, plus the latest photos. Can you spot Sam Bear in amongst the piccys?
Year 6 team (Miss Unsworth, Mrs Herbert, Mrs Denne's, Mr Smith and Mr Watkins).
Year 4 In2Action 2015
The Year 4 staff would like to say thank you to all of the children that came on the trip. You were well-behaved, brave and fabulous ambassadors for our school. You had a go at activities which challenged you, worked well in your teams and most of you even washed! We had a great time.
Day 2 ended with a Night Hike through some beautiful woods. We heard stories, played games and danced to silly songs. At the end of the evening the In2Action staff gave out certificates.
Day 3 started with most chalets having to be woken up. Sleepy children had to get dressed and get their bags packed by 8 o'clock. Not easy!
After breakfast each group completed their final two activities. Once we had lunch, we had a play in the adventure playground whilst we waited for the bus to arrive. Then it was back to school and back to our families.
If you'd like to see photos of Day 2 evening and Day 3 activities please right click on the link below and open in a new tab.