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☰ The Holiday Game

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The Holiday Game

Posted on May 10 2018

This week I constructed my blog sat in the beautiful surroundings of Dobroyd Castle in Todmorden after just taking part in an archery session with my group of Year 5 and 6 pupils. During the session the children were asked to play ‘The Holiday Game’ which entailed firing an arrow at a target to determine your own personal holiday destination. The destinations within the game were as follows:

Before we embarked on the activity, Mr Higinbotham and I were mulling the holiday choices and we both agreed that if we had to select one trip from the list then an around the world holiday would be our first choice, so therefore, why was it not higher up the list? Then it hit us both! We’re not ten years old anymore and so, evidently, a trip to CandyLand would be the ultimate holiday any child could wish for.

Young minds think differently than our own and it is our aim at Forest Park to utilise the creativity within children to foster a love for learning. The recent residential trips at school this month are a superb way to maximise the learning experiences for all of our pupils. School residential trips at Forest Park are viewed as a powerful and positive teaching tool that help enhance personal, social and emotional development for all learners.  Extra stimulation in new environments can be particularly beneficial to young children and can help teach life skills and improve independence.

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) commissioned a survey through Teacher Voice which found that 87% of teachers said LOtC made lessons memorable and 77% agreed that it motivated and enthused young people with regards to their learning.  Learning outside the classroom therefore adds value to each individual’s academic and personal development.

This is one of the main reasons behind why every class from Year 2 - 6 take part in residential visits.  The Year 5 and 6 children are currently spending three days at Robinwood Activity Centre and have already taken part in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits.  They have gained in confidence and supported one another through their fears and developed key skills including; team building, problem solving, co-ordination and physical development.

Later this month, the Year 3 and 4 children will enjoy a night away at Castleton and the Year 2 children have already completed their very first residential with an overnight stay at Burwardsley. They learned how to work together within a team and build dens, identify minibeasts and develop their independence and confidence.

They impressed us with their maturity and independence throughout the two days.  The children worked hard with their activities too and enjoyed candle making, Roman battles, orienteering and a 5 mile walk.  The children were particularly admirable given that this was their first night away with school.  

Lots of memorable moments were made and the children gained so much from their experiences. They also did Forest Park proud with their impeccable behaviour and ‘can do’ attitude – they were an absolute credit to their families!

Nick Tucker

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