Due to the generosity of our amazing PTFA, at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday the 18th July, the whole school, including Spencer Bear, boarded two coaches and headed to Williams Den at North Cave. The PTFA had agreed to pay for the coaches and the entry fee for very child and our local Tesco store had donated a sport sized bottle of water for everybody on the trip, which, as the temperature rose, was greatly appreciated.
A fairly new attraction, Williams Den turned out to be an inspired suggestion (thank you Mrs Smith) as it catered for every child in our school, from the three year old nursery children, to the 11 year old year sixes.
What really struck the adults as we surveyed the site, was just how natural it is, starting with the two impressive looking teepees, the smaller of which was ours to use for the day and was where the Foundation children sat, in the shade, to eat their lunches. Then as we looked around we saw wooden climbing frames, a wildflower meadow, grassed hillocks and tunnels that went through them and an area for den building using sticks. There was also a large shaded sand pit with its’ own wooden climbing frame, a wooden activity centre and a rock and stone stream, fed by a large pump which the children could use, the water from which created a kind of ‘mud kitchen’ effect but with sand. There was also a large indoor climbing space, complete with waterfall and stream, the latter items being much appreciated by the children, as the temperatures outside climbed. Thankfully, the children dried off pretty quickly.
Of course the fun wasn’t restricted to the children with some of the staff having a go as well, which in itself encouraged one or two of our less confident children to have a go on the zip wire and climbing frames.
At the end of the day, the children all enjoyed a pot of ice-cream before climbing back onto the buses for the journey back to school.