On Thursday 10th May, Year 4 embarked on their two day residential to Escot. Each day was full of outdoor activities, intended to inspire the children through historical interaction, problem solving and collaborative group work. On the first day, the children arrived at the Yurt village, greeted by the local free-roaming chickens and cockerels, and unloaded their belongings into their tents. They then split into two groups: one group went on a foraging walk around Escot, learning what plants are edible or usable, and the other group travelled back in time to the Anglo-Saxon village, learning about Anglo-Saxon life after the Roman’s evacuated Britain. In the village, all the class had the opportunity to live as Anglo-Saxon’s lived. They got to try their hand at woodwork and blacksmithing, carving skittles and moulding broaches, as well as wattle & daubing, dressing up and bread making.
In the evening, Year 4 ventured off to explore the play areas of the park – braving the drop slide, exploring the pirate ship and enjoying the zip wire – before returning to the Yurt Village for a race around the Maze and marshmallows round a campfire. After a lengthy game of Sprint Pictionary, the children went to bed to refresh themselves for the lengthy (and muddy) day that followed.
On the second day, one of the children celebrated their birthday before going on the Bush Craft activities in the morning. These activities were designed to test the strength of teamwork within small groups and the children collaborated to create and light fires and build dens for surviving a downpour during the night. After the challenging Bush Craft activities, Year 4 prepared themselves for a chilly swamp walk. The swamp walk has three stages that increase in difficulty, which most children completed with success. All of Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their time at Escot, getting muddy, wet and tired, over an eventful two days away.