Wow! What a week! We have had the best and most exciting week here at St Matthew’s!
On Monday, the Digi Wall arrived at 7am! There was a great buzz in the hall as Miss Beebee showed us how to use it and then, we were the first class on! The Digi Wall is a mobile climbing wall that lights up and plays games. We had great fun climbing and learning how to play some of the games. Then we went back to the classroom and had a Zumba session. We really enjoy Zumba, we love the music and having the chance to dance. After break, we had an early lunch before heading out with Year 4 to Jumptastic. We had a wonderful (but exhausting) afternoon bouncing around and literally jumping off the walls! Lots of the teachers got involved too, we even had an adults vs children dodgeball game. We loved somersaulting into the foam pit, slam dunking in the basketball area and leaping around on the trampolines.
Tuesday was another day full of great excitement but a few nerves too. We set off with Year 4 on the coaches to South Cerney. When we got there we split off into our groups before getting kitted out with wet suits, life jackets and helmets. 2 groups spent the morning sailing, 2 groups were on the katakanus, 1 group was kayaking and 1 group was raft building. After lunch we all swapped round and did different activities. We had great fun, we learned how to paddle, how to tie knots, how to set up a sail on a sailing boat and unfortunately we also learnt how cold the lake was! There was lots of capsizing (some on purpose and some accidental) which was lots of fun.
On Wednesday we were meant to have sports day, but unfortunately the weather let us down. Instead, we went up to Archway and carried on with our cooking and woodwork projects. We got a bit wet walking up, but soon dried up inside the warm DT work shops. The woodwork group used a variety of machinery to create wooden doorstops. We then decorated these and attached MDF hedgehogs and dinosaurs as additional decoration. We also saw the laser cutter in action, cutting through MDF and also engraving onto wood. The cooking group also had a wonderful afternoon making chocolate chip cookies. There was just about enough to let the staff have one each – they were delicious!
Thursday the weather was back on our side and we had a glorious day as the inflatable obstacle course arrived. It was a huge, Madagascar themed, obstacle course which finished with a great slide. When it was our turn, we had great fun racing each other and seeing how quickly we could make it to the end. Also on Thursday, we had extra goes on the Digi Wall and had some fun playing Rounders with Yr 4 in the afternoon.
Friday saw the end to a wonderful enrichment week. We had our final goes on the Digi Wall – we really were like little monkeys climbing up the wall by the end of the week! We also had a KS2 wheelie day and loved racing around the playground with our friends!
We are all really glad it’s the weekend now and are looking forward to a well deserved rest!