Year 5 had an action packed over-night trip to Swara Plains in week 9.
We arrived at Acacia camp mid-morning and after settling into our rooms, we played some team building games until lunch time. After our sandwiches, the children were shown how to use a compass. In pairs, they then set up some orienteering treasure hunt courses for each other. Those who were able to follow the compass directions found a sweet at the end. The teachers were very impressed with how quickly the children learnt the compass skills. The children also made some imaginative nature sculptures which involved going into the bush and finding leaves, sticks and even dung to make sculptures from.
Once the weather had cooled down a bit, we headed off for a walk to find a dam to swim in. However, both dams had completely dried up! This didn’t seem to bother the children, as they had great fun running up and down the empty dams and sliding down the scree-like soil. The children were well and truly exhausted by dinner time. The camp provided a delicious dinner, after which the children went to sleep to the sounds of the tree hyraxes all around and the braying wildebeest nearby.
On Friday we fuelled up on a full cooked breakfast and then set off for a guided walk. The guide explained about all the flora and fauna found in Swara Plains and the children tried to find various animals, animal tracks and objects to complete their Spotting Bingo cards.
Well done Year 5 for getting fully involved in all the activities and adapting well to a night away. Thank you to Mr Daubney, for all your organisation of the trip and to Miss Yates, Mr Macharia and Miss Walmesley for giving up your time to come on the trip.
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