Happy Campers!

What a lot we have packed into our first day! (Sorry I have had trouble loading pics onto website.) The children have had a brilliant time. The afternoon started with a tour of Manor Adventure and it didn’t take long for everybody to get their bearings. The staff here are wonderful and have been so helpful and organised.

The afternoon started with team games on the front grounds. The views here are stunning and we have been blessed with great weather.

After a large dinner, the class split into their teams for fencing or high ropes. Everybody enjoyed their evening activities and shared their experiences with the other group over a cup of hot chocolate.

The pods are cosy and comfortable. As a cooperative exercise, the children had to think of a team ‘pod’ name which are displayed with their own special drawings and designs. Next their task was to think of their own special greeting. It was a good laugh!

We have said goodnight to happy campers and lights out at 10pm. It’s an early start tomorrow morning…..breakfast menu looks good!

 

Activity Days 1st and 2nd June

The children from Saltoun, Humbie and Elphinstone were split into mixed groups for the planned activities: Canoeing, Problem Solving Games and River Dipping. The groups were named Adventurers, Explorers and Challengers. Despite the very windy weather, the children had a great day experiencing different challenges and getting to know people from other schools. At the end of the day Leigh, our Outdoor Ranger, asked pupils for their feedback with a show of fingers out of ten. In every activity, most of the children showed a ten out of ten to reflect their enjoyment . A successful day!

Meadowbank Athletics Festival

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On Wednesday 27th May our class attended the Small Schools Athletics Festival at Meadowbank Stadium.   Despite the miserable weather, the children did their best in the afternoon’s competition and supported each other well as part of the ‘Elphinstone Team’ throughout the … Continue reading

Outdoor Education Orienteering Festival

Around 600 P5-P7 pupils from Midlothian and East Lothian schools participated in an orienteering festival organised by Outdoor Education at Vogrie Country Park. Having spent a 6 week block last term learning orienteering, it was an excellent chance use the skills we learned in a large competition. 

P6 pupils were allowed to work in pairs and P7’s had to work individually on this timed challenge. I was extremely proud at how well the class did. Their results showed very quick times on completing the orienteering course. 

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The winner from another school completed the course in 11.54 mins, only 6 seconds ahead of our class winners. Well done Leon & Aaron  who came in overall 6th place with a fantastic time of 12:00 mins! Hayley & Jessica were close on their heels with a time of 12:01mins placing them 7th overall! The rest of the class timings were:

19th shared place Lara & Josh– 14.54 mins, 21st place Emma & Lauren-15.10mins, 48th place Daisy– 20.07 mins, 50th place Charlotte– 20.37mins, 107th place Latisha– 37.06 mins, 108th place Amalea– 37.58 mins, 109th place Sophie– 38.28 mins.
Considering that that were nearly 600 pupils taking part, I think these are excellent results! Despite the terrible weather, the children all had a great afternoon at Vogrie. 
 

On the Move with Outdoor Ed!

The Outdoor groups swapped over after the February break for the next six weeks of Outdoor Education: Mountain Biking and Orienteering. The children have kept weekly logs of their adventures and at the end of their 6 week block, we held a ‘Circle Time’ to share their experiences and to swap ‘Top Tips’. It was good to hear that several of the biking group had been cycling over the holiday! The children also had the opportunity to read each other’s jotters, ask questions and discuss what happens with each group’s activities. 

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