After a busy day yesterday some of the children had to be woken up this morning, so a quiet night was had by all!
Throughout the day the children have taken part in several different challenges which often required teamwork and included mud and water! (Which some children got very close to!!)
During ‘Earthquake’, the children had to work together as a rescue team after an earthquake! They were challenged with getting their equipment around different locations by following the rules, helping each other and rescuing any babies that they found. There were amazing displays of bravery, great communication, planning and following instructions, however there were also some debatable parenting skills witnessed!!!!! Both Mr Ennew and Miss Webb very nearly too a dip on ‘Lava Leap’.
‘Amazon Adventure’ consisted of two activities where teamwork was again the key. In one task, teams competed against each other to transport medicine (containers of water) around an obstacle course. If they were holding the medicine they could not move. The second challenge was nightlife where the children were blindfolded and had to describe a route/obstacles to the team that was following behind them.
Finally the children all took part in pond dipping, and one child even took a little dip themselves for the full immersive experience!! They quickly clambered out and were taken off for a shower and change of clothes! Apart from swimming, the children did manage to catch and identify a range of creatures including sticklebacks and a dragonfly nymph.
Overall another action packed day! One more to go and then we will be home!
After a generally peaceful night, we set off at 8am for a fabulous cooked breakfast! Refreshed and refuelled it was time to find out what creatures had decided to spend the night in our mammal hotels! Both groups were successful and were able to spend time finding out about the Long Tailed Field Mouse and voles, before releasing them back into the wild.
The afternoon was spent on the beach. The children were asked to create rock pools using creatures they were able to find on the sea shore. Whilst the rock pools had time to settle there was a fossil hunt followed by a sand castle competition. Then it was back to the sand pools to see what had moved! Finally all the creatures were returned and we walked back to the study centre.
After the evening meal, it was time to be creative with clay and the children were asked to make a creature! Then we were treated to a wonderful show of pictures from a wildlife cameraman, there were some truly amazing shots of local wildlife! After supper it was back to the dorms and time for bed! A busy but amazing day 😊
What a fantastic first day, despite the wind and rain!
As soon as we arrived, the children were shown to their rooms and had to unpack. The rooms have to be kept tidy for room inspections tomorrow! Then it was off for a tour of the site, followed by lunch.
The afternoon was spent being wildlife detectives who had to search for clues which proved mammals live at Stubbington. The children were very good at spotting footprints, burrows and of course droppings!! They were then tasked with making a mammal hotel - the plan being for us to check it tomorrow and see what, if anything, we have captured!!
After all that excitement it was off for some team games with the other school that is staying here. We will have to wait till the end of the week to see which team wins!
After our evening meal, the children were taught more about the wildlife that lives within the conservation area before finishing the day with a visit to the hide, where we were all delighted to see several foxes at very close range!
The children are now all tucked up in bed and hopefully will be asleep soon 🤞