Can you cook and sing at the same time?

Cooking, Dancing, Singing, Running, Planting. It’s all part of today’s programme!

!!GROW!!

!!MAKE!!

!!EAT!!

!!AFTERNOON TREAT!!

It is time to CELEBRATE!!! Our campers family and loved ones all came to enjoy the celebration. Amongst the incredible Recycle City the campers performed with pride their ~Hiding Places ~ Camp song.

 

How well can you see in the dark?

 

Wow wee another fabulous, bright and beautiful day, perfect for a trip to the Chislehurst Caves!

As the campers roll in we continue the motion with rolling right into make our Raw Coco and Fruit Balls!

We pack our bags with some delicious lunch and our freshly made healthy snack. Justin and our wonderful leaders Sia and Rachel sit with the campers and prepare them for our adventure ahead.

“The aim of the day is to enjoy ourselves! We have been learning about many forms of structures and hiding spaces alike the Chislehurst Caves! As you go about the important business of exploring the cave, we will need to care for our fellow camper mates. Let’s buddy up and get on the TRAIN to Chislehurst Caves!”

“To explore is to engage with our surroundings on our own terms. To discover what a place has to offer led by our own instinct and desire. When children are released from the four walls of their educational setting, out and about exploring and playing, they are in charge. They are instinctively making hundreds of decisions as they assess and determine the levels of risk they want to take, physically, emotionally and socially: mastering, day by day, an increasing repertoire of skills, adding to their bank of experience. ”  

Our hungry cave explorers dig into their Quinoa and Broad beans balls with basil tomato sauce, feta cubes & carrot batons!

Food plays a big part in what we do. In using ingredients that are seasonal, healthy and tasty we feel this effluences the way the campers value their meals. We encourage good eating habits through our passion, education and by letting the children roll up their sleeves and get stuck in whenever possible!

Back at base, Erica our talented craft leader has prepared the materials to develop the recycle city.

“Remember all of the towers we saw up the Monument? Let’s use this packaging to construct some interesting towers”

4:30 already, see you all tomorrow. Bring your singing voices!!

Natural Born Den Builders – Fryent Country Park, Wembley

It was a glorious and crisp Monday morning at Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill. One by one our campers roll in eager to meet their fellow adventurers. After a game of “Bug BINGO” we all took up a comfy spot on the sofa (as it is a holiday after all!). “Good Morning everyone welcome to this week’s camp ~ Hiding Places ~ this week we will explore some of the wonderful ways both people and nature can provide protection and shelter in the wintry weather. We will journey into the historic Chislehurst Caves, climb up the winding staircase of the Monument Tower, construct a Recycle City and today we are going to build a den!”

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After a few ‘get to know you’ drama games that got everybody relaxed and smiling, we took the short walk over to Fryent Country Park where our den builders discover how animals shelter through the winter months and learn how to build their very own shelter in the woods.

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Back at base it was time to wash the forest remains off our hands and get ready to make a feast fit for hungry explorers. Today’s menu is a tasty Crostini with avocado mash, sliced cucumber, red pepper and olives with a wild lettuce Pick’n’Mix (that’s our new word for ‘salad’) feta and sweet honey and lemon dressing. There were a few ummmms and arrhhhhhs and crinkled up noses at the sight of certain ingredients, although come time to eat their very own lunch their crostini were gobbled down without a peep.

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Our wonderful craft master Erica prepared a stock pile of selected household materials for the campers to build their magical city. “Think about how different buildings are made out of different materials coming in all shapes and sizes.” There was a buzz of excitement as they each put forward their designs to their group.movie The Walk

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Juice time!! Everyone really enjoyed making their own fresh juice. Watching the fruit go in whole and pure bright orange and green juice come out. It is the best energy potion one can give a child after a full day of adventure.

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The day is not yet complete till our campers sing. We learnt the lyrics written especially for the Hiding Places camp, complete with actions and a whole lot of laughter!

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What a fun day!!

Spooky Immersive Theatre Camp In Richmond Park

Autumn Half Term

Week 1: The Cauldron

We were so excited to embark upon our second immersive theatre themed camp and no-one was left disappointed. The weather was quite cloudy for our trips to Richmond  park which added to the atmosphere and suspense.

No sooner had we stepped into Spankers Wood the adventure began as the children met poor Gretel frantically trying to escape the wicked witch and her curse. The children were caught straight up in the mystery as Gretel needed to find poor lost Hansel and required the children’s help to summon the good witches of the woods.

The sense of adventure ​was tangible as the children returned to the woods the next day to summon each witch​ by singing a newly learnt spooky song.  As each verse was sang the sound of a witch playing a different musical instrument could be heard. The children loved following the sound of the music to find each witch in their hiding place. Watching how the​ children​ responded to each witch was brilliant fun. A little trepidation, a lot of intrigue, b​ut a​lways keen to find out more to move the story on.

The real highpoint had to be Thursday’s conclusion to the story. Like ancient druids we encircled a cauldron in a clearing in the woods. We had foraged for horse and sweet chestnuts, haw berries and made a potion in the form of a bath bomb which we hoped would release Gretel from the wood sand find poor lost Hansel. ​The excitement reached a climax when a voice most cruel spoke up from behind the trees. The children were scared and rightly so ​to find out that it was the evil witch who had Hansel​ held captive​.

After the potion

After the potion

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Our handmade cauldron

Our handmade cauldron

 watch full Bridge of Spies movie online

 watch full Bridge of Spies movie online

Luckily one of the ​good​ witches had a spell that,​ onc​e her tongue was loosened​ by some beetroot juice ​(​that Arthur ​just so ​happened to have​) ​she could utter​. “A poorly leaf a​nd a magpie feather will ​turn​ the witch to​ crow forever!” ​The children ​scurried​ off to find them and ​the ​next thing we kn​e​w we were chanting with the bath bomb fizzing away. (I’​m not sure what the park ranger would have said at that point!)Lo and behold the spell worked as squeels and squawks could be heard ​from the witch as she turned into a crow forever. ​Now we just needed to find Hansel and ​both characters ​could be set free with another spell and a final sing song..”Were going to make a potion, its going to be a bad one, what a treacherous night, drink it if you dare!”

We all agreed that if you dared to join in the fantasy The Cauldron was the most fun you could have on a holiday camp!

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Magical finds

How The Selfish Giant Inspired Kids Into Creative Learning

 

How did Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant transform learning into something more magically and wondrously creative?

The kids at the Fulham Palace day camp had already been read the tale of the giant accompanied by the gentle melodies of birdsong in the tree-lined grounds that surround the palace.

They had already, that morning, prepared lunch by themselves, to eat in the garden – which, naturally, was nominated as the Giants very own.

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So with a delectable recipe of fresh bean crostini learned and assembled – learning to use the ever-handy and always fun pestle and mortar – they were all set to enter the Giant’s enchanting garden …

“The Giant! Look!” – Yes, amidst the running activities designed to encourage the children to interact and understand their surroundings, appeared the Giant, bellowing orders to banish the children from his lawns.

But the children knew better, having read and understood the moral of the story and the nature of the Giant.

So, instead, spontaneous activities with the Giant charmingly unfolded. Here was the beauty of the First Hand Experiences philosophy of hands-on, fun creative learning beautifully uncoiled.

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They were living what they had learned, engaging with the tale amongst a garden where parakeets flashed their green livery across greying skies, reacting in real time with the Giant.

No matter how much the Giant feigned an icy heart, the children knew it was one that could be thawed. And so they did.

Curious children

The morals and lessons learned in the story were not measured by test. But by organic creative engagement conducted by Justin and Erica.

Later, this same physical embodiment of merry creative education was eaten (in both the crostini and chocolate balls recipe) dug up (in the carrots planted and used for recipes) hung on trees (in the creation of baubles hung in the giants gardens) and garbled (in the drama games designed to get the children to improvise and think about language).

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So that’s how the Selfish Giant inspired creative learning. He leapt from the page of a book into the bird-thronged garden that he commanded. He stood as an emblem for a fun and active learning experience. And the children showed him what they had learned. Not in a test. But in action.

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