On Friday, the whole school celebrated ‘Armed Forces Day’. The children dressed up as various military personnel along with scouts, cubs, beavers, rainbows and brownies. It was amazing to see how much effort had been put into their outfits, a big well done to you all.
We started the day with an assembly from Naval Families Federation – NFF, who gave us all a little in site to military life and how this can impact on children.
Throughout the day the children took part in many team skills and learnt lots of knew skills.
1 – Minefield team activity
Children had to work in groups using their communication and listening skills to brave the minefield. The children had to guide their blindfolded colleague through the minefield without exploding the bombs. Things were definitely heating up and I believe there was even a little bit of competition between Mr Thorns and Mrs Dennett.
2 – First aid challenge
A representative from the Royal Navy very kindly came to offer some tips on dressing wounds, applying slings and making emergency stretchers from sheets. The children were able to identify their team mates injuries and quickly get them bandaged up and carried to our makeshift field hospital. There was some very interesting injuries from Shark bites to broken ears, but all teams worked very well together to ensure minimum fatalities.
3 – Den building
After their plane crashed and the children were stranded in a deserted Jungle they had to work as a team to survive. The children had forage through the jungle to find as many resources as they could before building a shelter big enough to protect them from the incoming ‘Storm Smith’. We were very lucky to have Talia Reed from the Royal Navy Reserves in to help and she shared her skills in knot tying to support the den building. There were a few interesting strategies being used and it was especially nice to see that some of the girls were able to get their picnic blankets inside before the storm hit. Once the time was up their dens were tested of their effectiveness and there was a few soggy children by the end but all in all some amazing dens.
4 – Advertising.
After watching some of the armed forces recruitment videos, the children split into teams to share their persuasive ideas on how to recruit someone into each of the forces. With a little bit of ‘action’ the children were able to create some of their own recruitment videos. There was definitely a few Steven Spielbergs amongst the groups and lots of videos to share.
Despite the day being very hot, there was an energetic atmosphere combined with a team ethos throughout. It was fantastic to see all of the children working together and mixing across year groups.
Thank you to everyone for their support and amazing effort throughout the day.
Overall it was a fantastic day and we look forward to a second instalment next year???
Written by Mrs Pullan.