Year Five pupils from Danetree Junior School in West Ewell were taken out of their comfort and also their usual learning zone recently on an outdoor team building exercise trip to Henley Fort in the Surrey hills overlooking Guildford.
The children, under the guidance of Year Five head Joanna Singleton, got to try a whole range of new experiences, including sleeping in yurts, as part of the outward bound exercise – and Ms Singleton said the whole endeavour proved to be a huge hit with both pupils and staff.
“It was the first time we’d been to Henley Fort, and it was a huge success,” she explained. “The main focus of the event was about confronting them with new experiences, in a challenging outdoor environment, and seeing how they responded. Many of them had never done things like camping out before, so that was a novelty in itself, and the activities they were involved in put a lot of emphasis on working together and group problem solving.”
Highlights included rock climbing, building shelters, and the slightly less daunting but equally enjoyable challenge of cooking popcorn over an open campfire. The spectacular location – a historic fort, built to protect London against the danger of invasion by the French - just added to the sense of occasion.
“It was a wonderful experience and I cannot recommend the venue highly enough,” said Ms Singleton. “It was a great educational experience, as well as being a hugely enjoyable one. I know the children have taken away some really useful new knowledge from this trip – but equally importantly, they’ve taken some very happy memories.”
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