Today we completed some more team games. The purpose was to build our confidence and social skills, to work with people we haven’t done before and make new friends, to communicate better and to have fun. We did lots of different games like orienteering.
As you can see year 8 are working really to help out Jason the instructor to build a tree wall
Year 8 students are sitting around the camp fire sharing story and telling, what they have learnt of the weekend. Did you know? That on Box Hill there is the largest slug at a size of 38cm.
Today we started with a nice breakfast of pastries and boiled eggs. Then we went to check our small mammal traps and feed these then release them. We found some voles and field mice. Then we did team games. Like egg drop challenge, races and orienteering. Lots of fun and learning to work together and communicate.
We went and saw the area where we will do our conservation challenge. This is to meet our John Muir award. We will carry on the dead hedge that Priory School started three years ago and will be keeping this up.
After a long and eventful day of learning, exploring, and creating, the students participated in two interesting and fun games.
Invertebrates vs. Mammals was a fun team game which brought out the predators and safety-seekers in our competitors. Students were divided into the two categories, and creatures were called out at the start of each round. If it was a mammal, invertebrates had to chase them down, and vice versa. Once captured one would transform into the other type. Memorable moments were from students who would habitually run away preferring safety instead of danger – even when they were the attackers, and students who would run headfirst into battle without a care whether they were the predator or the prey. The game as a great way to reinforce the concepts and creatures we had learned about through the day.
To end the day, students participated in their first ever Mini-Olympics! Six teams participated in events like long jump, high jump, team relay, javelin, and shot put… but each with a twist! Long jump saw a new Juniper record of 3 meters 54 cm with tiddlywinks! High jump tested how high students could hop on one foot – to a three way tie! Students had to count seconds as accurately as they could while jogging on the spot in relay and team relay – harder than it looks! Javelin and shot put replaced the standard tools with straws and sponges to see how well students could manage their aerodynamic properties. Teams cheered on their comrades and opponents alike, and a fantastic effort was put in by all. In the end, team “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” reigned supreme.
A great effort and good fun to end another action packed day!
Today after we finished building our shelters we hiked through the woods of Box Hill to a great place called Happy Valley. We stopped here for lunch (mmmmmm mmmm) and sat in the sun eating sandwiches we made ourselves this morning. It was such a great place to spend some time because to get there we had to walk down a really steep side of a valley. By the time we reached the bottom we were definitely in a valley and we were definitely HAPPY! 😀
Tyler shows us how its done by proudly displaying the mini mammal he trapped earlier today. Go Tyler!
Early today we checked the traps we had set overnight to see if we had caught anything. To our excitement we caught FOUR mice! They were so small but we made sure they had enough food and straw in the traps to make them feel safe and warm. We all huddled around and showed each other our MiniBeasts before letting them go. It was amazing to see how quickly they moved across the ground, and we discovered they have learned to do this so they don’t get caught by predators. We have set our traps again this afternoon in a different part of the Juniper Hall gardens, hopefully we will catch even more mice and voles tomorrow!
We were able to meet some exotic creatures this afternoon. It was all very interesting and we could choose to have a close look, or a stroke of some creatures like cockroaches and snakes and to see the Chilean spider as it came past.
We collected some items to catch invertebrates and pond living creatures. We went to the pond in teams and used nets to fish out the animals. Once we had got some we came back to the classroom and looked at them under microscopes.
We found midges, midge larvae, flies and water woodlice.
As part of the weekend we are working to gain the John Muir Trust award which is when we learn to discover, explore, conserve and share a place. We are doing this by getting outdoors and by completing Mission: Explore missions.
One Mission from the John Muir book is to imagine you are the first discoverer of something. If we had been the first person to discover the midge larvae we would probably have called it a Lightning Spasm Worm because of the way it moves.
We worked in our teams to create shelters in the woods. Ideally these should be wind and water proof. It was tiring and hard to make them solid and strong. We had to demonstrate our shelter and explain our design. Then we tested them with water!
As you can see dungbeetles are making there shelter and its amazing
Shelter building for #geographycamp14