Residential

In October, our Year 5 and 6 pupils visit Fourth Dimension at Blackland Farm. The site is a beautiful area of 125 acres including woodland, open fields, a rocky area and access to the local reservoir.

The children are housed in purpose built lodges; the newest one received lottery funding and includes a large dining area which can also be used as a meeting area for the whole group. The bedrooms in the main lodge accommodate 8 children, in the second building there is a dormitory for up to 28 children.

The children are divided into small groups of approximately ten and allocated an adult from Upper Beeding for the week. The groups are deliberately kept small in order to ensure that no-one has to wait for too long to have their turn. In fact, in many cases the whole team is involved most of the time. Different leaders from the centre then join each group to lead the activities. The day is very busy with each group having its own timetable, the first activity starts at 9am and they continue until nine at night. The activities range from low ropes challenges to archery, abseiling, rock scrambling and Kata-Kanus.

Safety is always taken seriously and the children quickly get used to wearing helmets and safety harnesses. Although everyone is encouraged to participate in all of the activities, no one is forced to do anything they do not want to do (except for the washing up!!).

This is a fantastic opportunity for Year 5 and 6 children to get together at the beginning of the year and make the most of superb facilities, with focused attention in a quiet period. The trip provides many occasions for the children to challenge themselves and to feel a real sense of achievement. We always hope that as many children as possible are be able to go - we cannot recommend it highly enough!