Personal challenge was the aim of the Eagles' residential at Kingswood this year. The children set their own targets for each activity and did their best to achieve it. They had a fantastic time climbing, zooming down the zipwire, doing their best Robin Hood impressions in archery and much more! It was great to see the children working together as a team and learning different ways to communicate and to listen to each other.
Kingfishers had a fantastic trip to Warwick Castle this week. They watched in awe as the Warwick Bowman demonstrated how to shoot a longbow and a crossbow, climbed up to the top of the Norman motte for the most impressive view across the river towards the trebuchet, descended into the dark dungeon to find out where medieval prisoners were kept, met princesses in the tower (and rescued a prince!), saw knights in armour on their horses in the Great Hall and were utterly amazed by the flight of the eagles in the birds of prey arena! Oh and unlike our last trip (to Weston), this time the sun shone all day!
We were delighted to find out that it was Victorian Week in the Great British Bake Off, so while half the class was busy reaching the finals of the Children's World Cup tag rugby tournament, the rest of us decided to have a try at some Victorian baking.
In the morning we started to prepare the filling for our game pie. We used turkey, duck, partridge, venison and bacon. Lots of the children had never cut meat before so they were surprised to find the texture of raw meat was very different to cooked meat.
At lunchtime Poppy, Gabriel, Oliver, Grace and Evie-Mae helped to grate the zest of an orange, squeeze the orange, chop two red onions and a punnet of chestnut mushrooms. We added these to the cooked meat and waited for the onion to soften.
Molly cut some nice pastry shapes from our (shop bought!) puff pastry and Maya egg washed it so that it would be shiny and golden when cooked.
It was finished by mid afternoon and apart from a tiny soggy bit of pastry was perfect - we were very proud of ourselves.
We also made some lemon buns - flour, milk, egg, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and caraway seeds went into the mixture. They were served with sprinkle of sugar on top.
On Wednesday Owls class visited the Masjid E Noor Mosque in Gloucester. When we arrived, we were asked to remove our shoes (part of the respect for entering the mosque). We were then given a short talk on Islam and were amazed by some of the huge Mosques there are in the world. One, in Saudi Arabia, is as big as 40 football stadiums and can hold millions of people. We then visited the wash rooms where Muslims must go before they touch the Qu'ran. The children asked some excellent and interesting questions and the mosque guide was very happy to share their practices.
Kingfishers have really enjoyed reading the story of 'SIr Charlie Stinkysocks & the Really Big Adventure' this week and they have thought of lots of exciting adjectives to describe the story characters and setting. They were also delighted to receive a box of information books from the library all about castles and have thought of lots of questions they would like to find answers to, including: Why did knights live in castles? Why did they need horses? Why did they have battles? What were the toilets like? Where did they have a bath? Did little knights go to school?