One of the things we missed most over the last two years was the chance to get out and about and so we are delighted this year to have resumed our outdoor visits.
Following on from the Year 6 summer residential, this term Years 4 and 5 took part in an Outdoor Day in October, designed to build our team work and test our resilience.
We were led by Real Adventure, our experienced outdoor providers, and the children got stuck in and took advantage of the opportunity to push themselves.
The weather was challenging on both days, but this did not dampen the children’s spirits. Children scrambled up Hallin Fell, where they posed with the stone cairn having conquered the summit, before lunching in a makeshift tent. After a hard-earned hot chocolate, the groups worked with the instructors to make their own campfires.
The second part of the day was a rock climbing challenge. Children worked in teams under supervision and they showed courage, teamwork and a willingness to push themselves. The rock face offered different degrees of challenge and tested each child’s abilities. Everyone was supportive, cheering their classmates on, and working together to keep everyone safe.
A combination of factors meant that for safety reasons we could not undertake the ghyll scrambling which had been planned for; we respected the advice of our outdoor providers and we were sorry about this. Nonetheless, the resilience and bravery shown by the children was inspiring, and I think the day is one the children will remember for a long time.