Already our new Year 5 pupils have shown commitment and enthusiasm after just one week back. This year our students will have lots of new and exciting opportunities to look forward to including swimming at Farringdon Community Academy; developing cycle skills through the Sunderland Local Authority Bikeability programme and of course our week-long residential course at Derwent Hill Outdoor Activity Centre.
The staff have been very impressed with the commitment and growing stamina shown by all pupils towards our daily ten minute run. Studies have shown that regular exercise helps concentration and improved academic ability. Let’s keep it up!
Our Year 5 pupils recently had a week long residential at Derwent Hill Outdoor Center. While there, the children got the chance to complete the John Muir Award. This is a nationally recognised, environmental award, which requires participants to ‘Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share’. The children engaged in a variety of tasks, including working with the Environment Agency, to plant over 100 trees, which will inhibit the erosion of a river bank. Well done to everyone who took part.
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Forest School is a learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor education.
Our Year 5 children have had the chance to engage in some of the Forest School activities.