You'll find our daily blog for the 2016 trip on this page.
Thursday 28th January: Canoeing, climbing and chocolate!
Another great day today! The sun was shining for the first time and we all headed out nice and early for our activities. Miss Barton, Miss Fellows and Mr Jenkins kitted out for a day of climbing and scrambling along the rugged coast and Mr Martin took his group kayaking.
Wednesday 27th January: Climbing, canoeing and castle ruins.
Everyone slept extremely well last night, we were so tired out from our day in the wind we fell asleep straight away and everyone stayed in their beds until 7:30! Miss Fellows even had to wake a few sleepy children up.
Tuesday 26th January: Wood Farm’s wonderful, windy day!
Everybody woke up very early today – some people, before 5:30! Despite this, everyone had lots of energy for the exciting day ahead. We had some fantastic and delicious food for breakfast – cereal, bacon rolls and veggie sausage rolls!
The weather outside was very exciting – Storm Jonas hit Kilvrough Manor! Apparently, the Gower peninsula, where we were, was the windiest place in Britain today, and it certainly felt like it. The wind was around 40 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour! Because of this, we couldn’t go caving or climbing as we had planned, so we all headed off together to the Worms Head – a tidal causeway nearby. We battled the winds to get to the path down to the causeway, which was very hard! Everyone helped each other and encouraged people who were finding it trickier. Lily was really helpful and supportive to people who were finding it a bit tiring, and Alfie really impressed everyone for persevering and keeping going with a big smile on his face! Some of us were even carrying each other to help! We all made it to the path but then it was so windy, we had to turn back! Neyan , Ethan and Elza were particularly brave, and went down onto the causeway with their instructor Sam, to see what it was like. They came back up quickly though, to get out of the wind and join their teams again. Even Miss Barton got blown over at one point, which made everyone laugh! It was a much easier walk on the way back as the rain was pushing us all the way back to the car park, though we kept getting blown in the wrong direction!
We had a nice warm lunch in the minibuses (according to Lleyton, “the lunch was soooo nice!”) and then headed down to Rhossili Bay – which is apparently one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world! It was very beautiful, though very windy still! It was lots of fun running in the wind and playing in the sand though, especially as the sand was being blown in really amazing patterns. We spent a few hours looking in rock pools, and jumping in quite a few too! Amazingly, even though everyone was soaking wet, they kept warm and were smiling and giggling all afternoon. Elliot did some great jumping and splashing in rock pools and Emilia and James really enjoyed wading into the rock pools and splashing themselves. Millie was also very brave – she got more and more confident paddling in the water, even sitting down in a big rock pool at one point! Everyone found lots of shells and pretty stones, which are now weighing down the children’s bags to come home.
We ended our activity by going right out to where the sea met the beach and played in the waves. Quite a few people fell over and got soggy, but it was still lots of fun. By the time we began walking back up the hill to the mini-buses, we were all very tired!
When we got back, even though everyone was tired out, soaking wet and pretty cold, Saika, Abdur-Rehman and Kayenaat chose to do another problem solving activity before showering: it took lots of attempts but they achieved it eventually!
We all had lovely hot showers and a nice change of clothes to get ourselves nice and warm again, and then had some free time, writing our diaries, playing with the games we brought with us and doing some drawing and colouring.
Then we had a fantastic dinner, which was either chicken curry, sweet and sour chicken or vegetable curry. They were so delicious and every one ate lots!
Because of the weather, we are staying inside tonight and doing some great problem solving activities. Then we might have some hot chocolate before bed. After that, we are all going to sleep very well – hopefully no one wakes up quite so early tomorrow!
By Miss Barton, James and Neyan
Monday 25th January
The children set off from Oxford this morning just before 8:00, and arrived safely in Wales in time for some lunch. Check back later for news and updates during the week. Remember you can also follow us on Twitter, @WoodFarmSchool
Day 1: Travelling, team-building and tidying our rooms!
After an early start and a four hour journey we finally arrived at Kilvrough Manor just after 12!
First of all we were introduced to our groups and instructors: Sam, Ed and Jamie. We got settled in our rooms and unpacked our things. Our rooms are really cool with bunk beds and lots of areas to put our things.
After that we had some lovely tomato soup and mushroom soup with bread. Then we got our gear and set off for our activity. The weather couldn't decide what to do - it was raining one minute, sunny the next! We started talking about the week and learning about how to be a great team!
Group C and group B had a fun but competitive game trying to be the best on the tricky obstacle course. We had to help each other to go over the see-saw, a high wooden wall, through some tunnels and over stepping stones, all without touching the floor! Dajah really impressed everyone with her great ideas about how to get through, and was so brave with every challenge. Ollie was also a great team player, offering to go last so he could help everyone else through the challenges. Anjolene really brought her team together by being really enthusiastic and energetic, as well as being very brave on all of the challenges. Maariah was nervous at first, but really impressed Mr Martin by overcoming all her fears and pushing herself with some really hard challenges. In the end it was a draw, though team B did get bonus points for getting Miss Barton and Mr Jenkins through the course too!
In group A, Freya and Neyan had some fantastic ideas how to overcome obstacles and were confident sharing them with their team. Poppy K also impressed her teammates by her perseverance with every challenge! They enjoyed the rope course and some other different challenges. Working as a team was a must for every challenge and they got better and better doing this as the day went on!
We are now having some time to relax before dinner. Dinner today is chips with sausages, veggie sausages or chicken and everyone is looking forward to it. Then we are doing a treasure hunt activity in the dark with our torches before bed!
We haven't been able to upload any photos today as the network is down, but will do so as soon as we can! In the meantime, check the school twitter page!
By Miss Barton, Ollie and Neyan