During the penultimate week of the 2016-17 academic year, Year 4 pupils and staff ventured bravely into the great British wilderness to experience life in the wild!
The children camped in the middle of the woods and made their own shelters to sleep under, rather than the more comfortable tent option. Working in tribes throughout the week, the group developed their own tribal dances and chants, flags and a base to sleep in.
The food on offer was fantastic but all the children needed to learn to start a fire and cook their own food to survive the week. Luckily, all managed this. For many, the highlight of the week was the pizza making and using the outdoor pizza ovens to cook them. The salmon panasse was also a favourite, along with s’mores toasted on the campfire!
One important survival skill the group learnt was to camouflage themselves, which aided them in their favourite game, Predator. This required the children to make their way from one tree to another without being spotted. The campers played other games in the woods, which were great fun.
Swimming in the fresh water lake proved to be an early morning wake-up call and, when they had recovered, they managed to catch some crayfish, take part in a wilderness walk and much more throughout the week. After a final lunch of bush-crafted fajitas, it was time to say goodbye.
The Year 4 pupils had the most amazing experience at their bushcraft break and are now prepared to survive alone in the wilderness – almost! A huge thanks goes to the staff involved for organising the trip and for making it such a great success.