Orienteering in the rain

Year 2 visited Lyme Park today as part of our topic work on 'A bird's eye view'. Led by a whole host of volunteers from the National Trust, the children took part in two main activities: an map task around the estate, trying to locate 16 animal markers; whilst the other class climbed to the top of the grounds to build dens in the woods. The morning saw excitement, light drizzle, lots of fresh air and some mud. In the afternoon, this turned to incessant rain, fog, more mud and a lot of fun....a few cold fingers too!

The day gave us experience in reading maps and understanding keys, as well as the opportunity to work together on fun outdoor tasks, especially given the the complication of the cold and wet. 

Thanks to all the National Trust staff, and to the mums and grandmas who helped wonderfully on the day.

 

The rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm in the map task... 

The rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm in the map task... 

...and we loved looking at the carving placed around the paths. 

...and we loved looking at the carving placed around the paths. 

It was definitely a day for hoods up! 

It was definitely a day for hoods up! 

...but not for white shoes! 

...but not for white shoes! 

In the woods, the children were sent off to find branches for their den....

In the woods, the children were sent off to find branches for their den....

..and there was some great (and safe) teamwork.... 

..and there was some great (and safe) teamwork.... 

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Dens must be carefully built... 

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...leaning against a big tree... 

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...covered from the wind and the rain.... 

...and with enough space to fit inside.... 

...and with enough space to fit inside.... 

Some were shaped like wigwams.... 

Some were shaped like wigwams.... 

And some like tents.... 

And some like tents.... 

All wee terrific.... 

All wee terrific.... 

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and the children were rightly proud of their work... 

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...even if they didn't quite keep the rain out...! 

...even if they didn't quite keep the rain out...! 

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