Pupils get an opportunity to Rock Climb at the local Climbing centre. They will all be taught to the Physical Education National Curriculum guidelines on indoor climbing. They will be taught skills in: using different belay devices, efficient movement in climbing, different footwork, smearing and using colour specific climbs. Pupils have an opportunity to attain a NICAS qualification in Indoor Rock Climbing which gives them the license to climb without an instructor.
Twenty-one pupils each year complete the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. This course entails all pupils to engage in training day walks, learning how to navigate and using maps, improve on their fitness and complete projects within volunteering, physical and skills.
A brief account of what the pupils did over the expedition is as follows:
During the months of June and July we were able to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award. This entailed two days of intense walking and a camping experience. We were assessed through many different means. We had to be able to be able to carry heavy backpacks and navigate our way through the countryside alone. We were also tested on our cooking and pitching up of the tent at the campsite.
Skills we learnt and needed:
In order to complete our routes and not get lost we needed to know how to navigate through the countryside. We were taught how to map read and use a compass. With our new skills mastered, we were ready to embark on our hikes. When walking our skills proved useful as whenever we got lost we were able to find ourselves again, however on our assessment DofE getting lost was scary as we had no teachers with us but thanks to our extensive training we successfully managed to find our routes and get back on track.
After many practice walks we were prepared and ready for our DofE expedition. On the first day we completed 12 miles. We followed our routes, navigated well and met the teachers at each checkpoint. Many found the walking easy, yet found carrying the backpacks difficult. However, once our skills on weight distribution were mastered there was less strain on our shoulders. Once we completed our walks, we arrived at our campsite, set up our tents and sat to eat dinner. We played games and had lots of fun. The next day, we given different routes and set off after packing our tents away and having enjoyed breakfast. Our skills came in handy once more as we navigated our way back. Once we had returned at the campsite, we boarded the coach and returned home.
Overall, we had an amazing experience, made many great memories and became much closer as friends. It was an experience of a lifetime and one we will never forget.