Friday 20th May
Year 3 Educational Visit to Gibside National Trust - Health & Wellbeing Week
Year 3 had a wonderful day on Monday at Gibside National Trust in their beautiful heritage landscape. It was part of their Health and Wellbeing Week for children and young people.
The day combined the benefits of spending time outside in nature with skills to help us look after our physical and mental health. It gave the children some simple strategies to use to help navigate the twists and turns in their lives.
In the morning, we took part in SOUND IT OUT. It was a musical exploration, working with sound as a way of expressing ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings. We also learnt how the connection of community can increase our sense of wellbeing.
Round a campfire under the trees, we learnt more about meditation in MEDITATE, IT’S GREAT! We practised new ways to take a breather, calm our minds and explored ways to reconnect with nature, each other and ourselves.
After our packed lunch, we had a little bit of free time before our afternoon activities.
Under a canopy in the walled garden, we learnt how to break down goals into achievable steps in GOAL SETTING. Then we created a talisman out of wood to remind us that we can try new things and do things we never thought we could.
We all enjoyed MEET A TREE! This showed us the importance of good communication and collaboration for our sense of safety and wellbeing. Blindfolds were used to deprive one of the senses so we had to rely on our partners and other senses to help us to solve a puzzle.
All in all, it was a fantastic day! The activities were fun, contemplative, energising and engaging. The children behaved beautifully and really enjoyed themselves.
Oh, and we forgot to mention, it rained all day. Apart from when it rained torrentially! But with true Emmaville spirit, the kids didn’t complain but just zipped up their coats and made the best of it.
Well done Year 3. You are all superstars!
In the afternoon we performed the dance to the rest of the school in the field. It really enjoyed showing everyone our dance and also watching other classes' dances from different decades of the Queen's reign. How lovely for the whole school to be together having such a fun time!