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Wellie wanging, mud pie throwing, a woodland workout relay and a blindfold trail were all part of an exciting Woodland Olympics day for four Cardiff schools.
Children from Moorland Primary, St Paul’s CIW Primary, Fairwater Primary and Hawthorn Primary became competitors from ancient Greek states such as the high achieving Athenians and the notorious proud and brutal Spartans for the Games held at Fforest Fawr, just outside the city.
The children, aged from five to 11, competed in events such as the ancient art of wellie wanging or throwing – seeing who could throw a wellie the furthest – and a mud pie throwing contest where they aimed mud pies at trees, scoring more points for hitting the smaller, more distant trees.
Points were scored for teamwork as well as individual contests as the children took turns to guide each other along a blindfold trail through the trees. Racing around an Olympic woodland workout course and competing against other teams to win a pine cone race added to the fun.
Lunch was held around a campfire where the children cooked hot dogs and toasted marshmallows.
Chris Hewings, teacher at St Paul’s CIW Primary, said “It was a fantastic day at Fforest Fawr. Our children had a wonderful time and said how much they enjoyed working with the children from other schools.”
The event was organised by the Woodlands for Learning team and Cardiff Forest Education Initiative cluster group members, who were inspired by the offer of a £250 grant from the Forest Education Initiative. The money paid for buses to get the children to Fforest Fawr and for food to cook around the campfire.
Six students from various education-based courses at Cardiff Metropolitan University helped with the running of the day, gaining valuable hands-on experience working with primary aged children in a woodland setting.
FC Wales Education Officer Cathy Velmans said, “The day went really well, with the children and teachers thoroughly enjoying the events. The students were fantastic with the children and the day finished with everyone muddy but happy.”
The closing ceremony included the competition results being celebrated and all the competitors receiving their own wood-cookie medal.
Caption: Children from the four Cardiff schools are all friends after the events.
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