Year 6’s adventure training week at Heatree Activity centre is always a highlight of year for the class and this year was no exception. With glorious weather, excellent instructors and a wide range of outdoor activities, the children had a lovely week. The activity sessions featured outdoor pursuits, such as mountain biking, archery, high ropes and raft-building. In addition, the class was joined by eleven students from Daltonschool Elserike, one of BCPS’s link schools in the Netherlands, who were on their annual overseas residential.
Throughout the week, the children worked together in teams to tackled the different activities. The children formed new friendships, both with classmates and with the Dutch children. It was heartening to see the way in which children encouraged and supported one another when tackling challenges. There was also an opportunity for each team member to earn a National Outdoor Learning Award (NOLA). Instructors worked with them to explore the three core values of outdoor education, a desire to learn new skills, safety and respect. All of the children succeeded in achieving this and were a credit to the school.
Many of the children challenged their fears and accomplished far more than they believed that they could. “I felt that I improved and became more confident on my mountain bike,” said Matthew Woods. Ruby Davidson did not believe that she could do high ropes: “I didn’t think that I could do it…but when I was at the top, I was not afraid at all!” Neve Hart’s favourite was low adventure as it “helped her to get to know new people… and it was great to work in a team.” Alfie Foster said: “I was very proud that I tackled kayaking as it was the first time that I had done it.”