Enjoying the great outdoors in their own school grounds

Outdoor fun at Valley Road Primary.
Outdoor fun at Valley Road Primary.
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Youngsters at a city school celebrate the great outdoors in their own back yard.

The children at Valley Road Community Primary School got plenty of fresh air when they spent a week outside.

Pupils at the Corporation Road school took part in a whole week of outdoor learning to celebrate what the outside world has to offer.

Debra de Muschamp, principal at the Hendon primary school, said all the children had a fantastic time doing a huge range of activities.

She said: “Pupils in Key Stage Two spent the week den building in the school grounds, learned traditional fire lighting skills, and enjoyed toasting marshmallows by the fire pit.

“The children baked willow on the camp fire to make charcoal, and shaped Elder Wood to create pencils.”

The week also saw pupils put their dance and movement skills to the test, by participating in a dance festival.

This involved learning dance styles such as Bollywood and Morris dancing, before each class created a dance routine.

Mrs de Muschamp said: “As always the weather proved to be temperamental but this did not dampen the spirits of the children.”

During the week all classes visited the Washington Wetlands Centre, exploring the grounds and wildlife.

Another highlight of the week was the children all trying their hand at tie dying themselves a t-shirt.

They looked at a range of different techniques they could use to create different colours and patterns and the headteacher said the results on the t-shirts were outstanding.

She said: “Throughout the week the children demonstrated great skills in leadership, team work, problem solving and determination.

“To celebrate a fantastic week the children wore their t-shirts and forest school medals whilst joining in a traditional camp fire sing song.”