It was time to for the Year 4 children to taken one of the biggest challenges in mankind..... Climbing Mount Everest. First we had to discover how the tallest mountain on the Earth was formed and the history of this breathtaking panorama.
After this we were ready to start our trip to base camp. We prepared ourselves by learning about the factors that would face us on the mountain such as; the temperature dropping to -62C and a wind speed of 200mph. The children were then put into teams and had to write a list of what they would need to conquer this mountain. Each team shared their lists and before we knew it, we were sat 5380 metres in base camp. We could hear the wind blowing a gale and knew we would definitely need help to make it through the 'death zone' and to the summit.
Sherpas are an ancient tribe of nomads that have called Nepal home for over 300 years. First thing we had to do was learn about their history, culture and language. We learnt how to say hello (tashi deleg) and that the Sherpa language has no written form. Back in our teams, it was time to learn their hunting techniques. Pretending that the javelins were spears, we had a competition to see which Sherpa team could hit the animal targets.
We had now acclimatised to the oxygen starved atmosphere and were ready to peak the tallest mountain in the world. With the wind howling, we crawled an obstacle course to get to the top and had a fantastic celebration accompanied by traditional Nepali music at the summit.
I was amazed to see the fantastic teamwork which took place in this section of the Takeover and how the children encouraged each other through the obstacle course.