Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Ben Bullen

We got to make flatbreads again with a lady from Ben Bullen.  We had to work together to make the dough, then share and shape it.

We then got to make smores, which were very yummy!

Team building games

At first we had some demonstrations about all the games we were going to play. 

Task 1: we couldn't touch or drop the bomb otherwise it would blow up, so we had to use ropes to tie around it and lift it.

Task 2: we had to step on planks to get from one place to another, but if someone wasn't of the plank or if no one was on the plank then it was taken away.

Task 3: we all had to hold hands in a circle but the were hoops and gaps between, and we had to go round in a circle without letting go of hands.  The hoops weren't allowed to touch and you had to make the hoops go around the circle.

Task 4: we had to block the marble from falling through holes and get it to the jug.

Chess Masters

Is chess a sport?

"It is not recognised as a sport in the UK and receives no public funding. However, the International Olympic Committee and over 100 countries recognise chess as a sport."

Chess is a competitive and strategic game, which needs players to think ahead. Although it is not recognised as a sport, many see it as having sporting qualities.

We learnt the basic rules of chess, and used this website to practice our skills.

The basic rules are:

  • white always moves first
  • each piece moves in its own way
  • if the king is threatened it is called check
  • if the king is threatened and has no possible moves without being taken, it is called checkmate

Chess moves:

  • The king can move one square in horizontally, vertically or diagonally
  • The queen can move any number of spaces horizontally, vertically or diagonally
  • The rook/castle can move any number of squares vertically or horizontally
  • The bishop can move any number of squares diagonally
  • The knight can move in an L shape eg. two forward and one left, or two right and one forward. It is also the only piece which can jump over others
  • The pawns can move two squares forwards on its first move and then one square forward or backwards. They take diagonally

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Climbing rockstars

Nine of us went at a time, and four of us went on the wall each time. We had to try to get to the top and press the buzzer in a couple of minutes before we moved around the wall. We had to put on a harness which kept us safe if we fell off the wall, as it lowered us slowly.  The instructor connected our harnesses to safety lines. Every time you got to the top, you pressed the buzzer and we counted how many times we got to the top. To get down you just let go, and the wire would lower you slowly. We put our legs out in front to kick away from the wall just in case.

"It was very difficult, but it was fun."
"It was trickier than I thought it would be, and I never knew I would be able to do it."
"It was hard at first on certain sides of the wall, but every time you tried you thought harder about where to put your feet next."

Monday, 2 July 2018


We have been trying different yoga practices, and learning breathing and stretching techniques. One of the tutorials we have been following is here.

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Outdoor Week

This week at Upland we are spending lots of time outside! The teachers have spent lots of time organising activities for us, including people coming from local companies and clubs to teach us things like rock climbing and orienteering.

We can’t wait!

Orienteering Awesomeness

Orienteering is when you follow a map to find specific point.  This year we got to use dibbers, which are electronic devices which track where you have been. This meant we had an accurate time for our task, and that we couldn't cheat because we had to go to each point in order.

"We had to go around the course in a certain order, to see who could go around the fastest."

The instructor is from the local club, and he told us about the children's club starting after the summer. He was very helpful, and we all knew exactly what we had to do.

Our times went from 2 minutes to 1 minute 9 seconds.