Into the Wild
The Year 4s enjoyed a very different camping experience when they went on a three day residential trip in the woods of Cornbury Park, Oxford. The outdoor course was organized by Mr Phillips and was run by the Bushcraft Company who specialise in teaching children survival skills. During their stay the children cooked their own meals, filtered water, administered First Aid, built shelters from natural resources, as well as learning how to extract water and build and light fires for survival and cooking.
The study of stealth and camouflage techniques led to a number of day and night exercises during which the children used star constellations to orientate themselves before returning to their tents through the trees for a well-earned sleep. Although it was designed very much as an “out of your comfort zone” experience, the children relished the challenges under the safe and expert guidance of the Bushcraft staff.