On Monday 15th May, the year five class was lucky enough to have a life-changing moment in the form of the Kingswood Residential. Everyone was overjoyed to hear the news when our class teacher, Miss Bell, told everyone that we would be going.

First of all, we went inside a luxurious bus and the kind driver drove us to Kingswood, which is in Hexham. When we arrived there, our instructor (Graham) gave us a tour of the whole site. All if the compact cabins we would stay in were named after types of tree and we stayed in Rowans. After the tour, Graham decided that we should play: wink murder, splat and duck duck goose. When we were finished playing the games, we had lunch. It was delicious!

After making our own beds, something which some people found easier than others, we began our timetable of activities for our stay at Kingswood. Each group were lucky enough to experience: a fabulous fencing lesson using all of the proper equipment; bush-craft fire-lighting which would help us survive in the outdoors; an exciting murder mystery trail; problem solving which tested our ability to work as a team and communicate; a fun and fast game of aeroball testing our shooting accuracy and how high we could jump on a trampoline; high equilibrium which tested our courage; the exhilarating leap of faith; doing laps on quad bikes; shooting the bulls eye in archery; trusting our senses on the night line; thinking of strategies during outdoor laser and finally, the obstacle course.

Kingswood taught us how to face our fears and how to put ourselves to the test. We gained confidence and worked well as a team. My favorite activity was archery because I’ve never tried using a bow and arrow before and I enjoyed trying something new. Year five had so much fun we didn’t want to come home and wish we could go again next year.

Miss Bell, Mrs Waugh, Mrs Lancastle-Smith and Mrs Leaver thought that our behavior was excellent!

By Kelvin

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