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Year 5 Trip to Liddington

The children in Y5 had a fantastic time at PGL over a five-day period, just before the Easter break. On arrival at Liddington Hall on Monday, we enjoyed a picnic lunch inside due to the rain. Despite the wet start, spirits were high as the dorm groups were announced. A hearty evening meal was eaten and then we, appropriately dressed for an evening of ‘wacky races’, which were as amusing to watch as to participate in!

On Tuesday morning everyone was up early and waiting eagerly for breakfast before beginning the day’s activities. There was a real mix for the day – 4 activities for each group, out of canoeing, quad bikes, giant swing, archery and challenge course. After supper we went out for a game of Cluedo. There was much fun and laughter as the children met the gardener, knight, jester and chef. The children especially enjoyed meeting the French chef who had problems with his spaghetti ooops!

On Wednesday, the children re-fuelled at breakfast and then set off for another day of activities that involved fencing, zip-wire, sports and team games and Jacobs’s ladder. Despite the downpour of rain, the children carried on and enjoyed taking part in the activities.

Tiredness was starting to kick-in on Thursday for some but as soon as they were into the activities of aeroball, climbing, vertical challenge and orienteering, they soon forgot about being tired. Some children found the off-ground activities challenging and it was fantastic to see them face their fears and achieve success as they met and surpassed the targets that they set themselves.  

Friday started later and more quietly than Thursday; in fact, we had to wake some of the dorms up, so that they would have time to pack and move out of the rooms before breakfast. We had time for two final sessions, so that each group had completed the same range of different activities during our stay. As we finished lunch and prepared to depart, the PGL staff commented on how much they had enjoyed working with our group and that they had noticed good teamwork and improved listening skills over the last few days. It was lovely to see how the children had learnt how to take more responsibility, work as a team and support each other. 

Published on 27/03/2017