Y4 Have a Lesson in Bushcraft
Year 4 pupils from Stamford Junior School enjoyed a three day residential in Houghton Hall Park in Norfolk learning outdoor and bushcraft skills. After dividing into four tribes, the children learned fire-lighting, shelter-building, orienteering and first aid, then all these new skills were tested in a Bushcraft Tournament on the last day.
The children had the choice of sleeping out under shelters they had built or in 10-man bell tents. Food was all cooked over a campfire, pannassed salmon, goat curry and grilled trout among the dishes. The seven-strong Bushcraft Company staff, four Junior School teaching staff and the SJS nurse enjoyed similar facilities, and all returned home as grubby and happy as the children.
Being out of the classroom and out of their usual comfort zones, the children all learned a significant amount, not just about bushcraft and outdoor skills, but about themselves and how to deal with unusual or potentially disquieting scenarios. The staff members were hugely impressed with the way in which they handled themselves, and the children’s self-confidence grew visibly over the three days.