This morning was the teachers’ chance to get their own back and wake the children up with a knock on their door bright and early! We were greeted by lots of bleary eyed children, unlike yesterday morning! Once we had all packed and had eaten our second full English breakfast of the trip, we were on our way to our first activity …
Circus Skills – This was a great hands-on activity where the children got to experiment with a variety of different circus items, including juggling balls, plate spinning, flower sticks and diablos. It was met with bags of laughter and enthusiasm as children learnt new tricks from the instructors and from each other. The plate spinning was definitely a challenge outside on top of a hill…in the wind! Miss Lewis mastered the art in the end and was having great fun spinning plates and juggling like a clown – maybe she could join the circus?
Fencing – On guard! Dressed head to toe in white, the children were given an hour and a half crash course in the art of fencing. They learnt how to attack safely, and how to protect themselves as well. They also learnt how to great their opponent before a duel and how to score points in a match. The session ended with a duelling competition, where the children’s competitive sides came out and their quick footwork was put to the test!
After lunch, we loaded all of our luggage back onto the coach and the instructors held a ceremony where they presented each child with a certificate. This was a really nice touch and reinforced how proud we all were of all of the children for what they had achieved. Although exhausting, it was a pleasure to take away a group of children who were all so sensible, well-behaved and mature. The staff at JCA were full of compliments about how well-mannered our children were; they did themselves and Beechwood proud –well done Year 4 and thank you for a fantastic 3 days. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!